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For Carers Week, Revitalise highlight the importance of the nation’s carers as they transition out of pandemic

June 7, 2021

 

A press release:

 

 

This Monday 7th June marks the start of Carers Week 2021, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the extraordinary efforts and many challenges facing carers every day around the United Kingdom. Respite care providers Revitalise would like to highlight the fantastic work they do looking after the nation’s most vulnerable people.

There were 9.1m family carers in the UK at the start of lockdown, and it is estimated that a further 4.5 million have taken on caring responsibilities since the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are solely responsible for the wellbeing of a loved one who may rely on them completely, sometimes 24/7, without any form of break. During lockdown, Revitalise received calls from carers in desperate situations, some talking of self-harm, an inability to cope, and even suicide.

Revitalise CEO Jan Tregelles said: “The nation’s carers perform such a vital role in keeping the country running, saving the NHS millions every year and go far beyond the call of duty to provide for some of the country’s most vulnerable people. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

“We would like the carers of this country to know that Revitalise are here to give you a warm welcome at our centre, should you need a break or change of scenery.”    

Whilst caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, many carers often find it challenging to find time to look after themselves. Hilary cares for her son, Shaun, who is brain damaged after an accident in Ibiza when he was 19:

There’s no let up, no way forward, no support. It’s just…everything. I really need a break, for my mental health. It just feels like hotels and restaurants are opening up, but disabled people are left to the last, at the bottom of the pile.

I’m never, ever, going to give up on my son. Life is too short you know; you need to keep fighting.”

Tracy, cares for her son, Conor, who was born with Cerebral Palsy Quadriplegia with learning difficulties. She said:

“I am just drained physically. It’s a terrible feeling waking up and being tired. I’d like to see the Government live in my shoes for a week. I’m older now and I need a break, and Conor needs a break from me also, he doesn’t want to be wrapped round me. But also I’m no good when I’m exhausted.”

One recent Revitalise guest, Lani, stayed at Sandpipers during lockdown and described her time at the centre.

Lani said:

“Thank you so much for saving me. At home, I was lonely, stressed and depressed. I thought Sandpipers would be just what I needed and it was. The beautiful surroundings, late night talks, laughing until I cried all just about made lockdown bearable.”

During the pandemic, Revitalise launched their ‘Care for Carers’ campaign, with a fundraising initiative to raise £1 million to build a support fund for disabled people and their carers as they transition out of lockdown. The charity succeeded with help from members of the public and actors Rory Kinnear and Joanna Lumley.

Revitalise would like the nation’s disabled people and carers to know that the charity are able to offer specialised, round the clock care from their Sandpipers centre in Southport, Merseyside, for anyone who feels that they need a break.

To enquire about respite care support, please visit revitalise.org.uk To show your support for Revitalise and help them to provide subsidised care breaks during the pandemic, please go to: revitalise.org.uk/donate  

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