Monday, 8 June 2009

Three out of four carers reach "breaking point"

I know it's been a while. I just wanted to share this news item, which reveals that three out of four carers are pushed to "breaking point".

The article states that in a survey of 1,941 carers, "Frustration with the bureaucracy of accessing NHS care and benefits was the most common reason they cited as forcing them to breaking point."

I totally agree. And the problem is that the pressures of trying to access this support makes it harder to cope with the actual caring role itself, instead of easier.

The article also states that in another survey of the general public, 86% felt that "carers made a valuable contribution to society" behind only nurses at 91% and firefighters at 90%.

If so many people have such great respect for carers, how come they're left with no help, allowing them to reach breaking point in the first place?