70歲的母親呼籲承認無償照顧者的身份

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70歲的母親呼籲承認無償照顧者的身份

一位從殘疾女兒出生起就一直照顧她的退休婦女描述了她在70多歲時作為無償照顧者所承受的壓力。

"我花了很多時間來制定計劃,並想:'好吧,當不可避免的事情發生時,我不會在這裡確保這一切都得到執行'"。

內爾夫人的女兒加布里埃爾患有唐氏綜合症、心臟缺陷和癲癇,她需要定期護理,自她出生以來,她的父母一直在為她提供護理。

"幾周前,我們正在度假,我們三個人都在,但加布里埃爾有癲癇發作,然後是胃病。她說:"這讓事情變得很不順利。

謝菲爾德大學與慈善機構英國護理人員合作的報告說,人口老齡化使社會護理需求不斷增加,對無償護理人員的依賴性也越來越大。

"她補充說:"我希望社會和政府承認所有的照顧者,我們在那裡做了一個該死的好工作,如果我們不這樣做,就會非常昂貴。

英國照顧者協會表示,它正在利用這項研究,呼籲在整個社會中對照顧者的識別方式進行逐步改變,以確保他們得到他們所需的實際或經濟支持。

"她說:"大多數照顧者會稱自己為愛的夥伴、父母或孩子,而不會立即確定他們的照顧角色--這意味着許多人因此而錯過了實際支持。

她已經開始考慮,當他們不能再照顧她時,他們可能會做什麼,但她有保留。

"你必須把錢扔在這裡。但是,如果你沒有錢怎麼辦?如果你不能完全信任這些人呢?這是我的一個擔憂。他們會不會像我一樣做得很好?"


A retired woman who has looked after her disabled daughter since she was born has described the pressures of being an unpaid carer in her 70s.

"I spend ages making plans and thinking: 'Well, I'm not going to be here to make sure it's all carried out when the inevitable happens'."

Mrs Naylor's daughter Gabrielle, who has Down's Syndrome, a heart defect and epilepsy, requires regular care that has been given to her by her parents ever since she was born.

"A few weeks ago we were on holiday, all three of us, but Gabrielle had an epileptic fit and then a stomach bug. It puts a dampener on things," she said.

An ageing population has seen growing social care needs and more reliance on unpaid carers, said the report from the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with charity Carers UK.

"I want recognition for all carers from society and government that we're out there doing a damned good job that would be very expensive if we didn't do it," she added.

Carers UK said it was using the research to call for a step change in the way carers were identified across society to ensure they got the practical or financial support they needed.

"Most carers would call themselves a loving partner, parent or child, and do not immediately identify their caring role - meaning many miss out on practical support as a result," she said.

She has already started looking at what they might do when they can no longer care for her, but has her reservations.

"You have to throw money at it. What if you haven't got the money to, though? What if you can't quite trust the people? That's a worry for me. Will they do it as well as I do?"

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