Welcome back fellow carers. This blog is by Matthew McKenzie, carer activist, author and poet. I write and campaign to raise awareness of unpaid carers. A lot of my focus goes on those caring for someone with mental illness.
I also have a focus on cancer carers, but more on that in a moment.
I have just released my 6th audio story about the importance of carer peer support. The story is called “Just when I needed you”. You can actually watch the story for free at the end of this blog.
The audio story revolves around the struggle to show empathy and the challenge someone faces with their faith. When people care for each other then the community carers, but this is not always the care as the carers in this story have their own struggles.
It takes a couple to walk that journey of someone damaged by the community. They are there for that person when he feels the world has abandoned him. The couple find a bond with their close friend as Barbara who is providing unpaid care can sympathize because she also experienced mental illness.
The audio story provides a story of hope, but raises challenging questions for those caring for someone. Things are not always so clear cut and it can be very difficult to be involved in someone’s care. This is especially problematic if someone is suffering depression.
Watch the video below and enjoy the carer awareness.
My next audio story will soon be released titled “A story of Hope”
Welcome back to another carer blog post by Matthew McKenzie carer activist and author in London.
I thought to try promote carer causes and focus on things that I reckon carers struggle with. As usual when I am talking about carers, I am talking about caring for someone in the family or as a friend.
Whether a person is caring out in the community or visiting the person they care for in hospital, there are challenges people need to take note of.
Here is a list down below
Isolation – Caregivers can often feel cut off from the outside world, especially if caring, hard to understand
Emotionl strain – Taking care of a loved one and being responsible for their health can be very stressful. depression, guilt, sleep loss.
Financial situation – This struggle can cause all sorts of stress, the financial burden felt by caregivers should not be overlooked.
How Caring can impact on opportunities – if your caring, then you are not earning or developing other skill bases. Still caring can develop it’s own skill base.
identification as a carer – people do not always see themselves as a carer, but can lose out on support
Getting access to support – respite, advocacy, emotional support, planning for the future
Strains on Relationships – caring can be a joyful experience, but also stressful, lack of time for friends or family
Being involved in care – confidentiality, jargon in NHS, relationship breakdowns, sometimes being missed in identification. These things can cause the carer to be uninvolved.
Advocating for the cared for – need to deal with GPs, social workers, pharmacists, care agencies, receptionists and so on.
Not being able to Focus on themselves – most of the previous things mentioned focus on the struggles carers face when caring, but too much focus can cause the carer to loose sight of their own well being. It is important to take time out, sleep, talk to a friend. Not easy if caring in crisis.
If you want a more detailed explanation I have also made a video below.