• Claire Cook

#46 | Results from 15th March

Here are the results from yesterday’s Mobilise Moments poll.

Do you get enough breaks from your caring role?

A staggering 48.2% of us do not get enough breaks from our caring role. And if we add in those of us that 'hardly ever' get enough breaks, we're at over 60% of unpaid carers in our poll.

This is incredibly disappointing, but unlikely to be a surprise to many of us. A mere 3.6% of us believe we get enough breaks.

Of the 30.4% of us who sometimes get enough breaks, it begs the question of consistency. Why is it that sometimes we get enough breaks, but sometimes we don't? It would be easy to jump to conclusions around consistency of service provision and budgets. And this is something we can explore further through another Mobilise Moment at another time.

It would be fair to say that being able to take regular and routine breaks from our caring roles, is essential to our wellbeing. Indeed, The Care Act protects our right to wellbeing.

For those of us unsure how to access a break, a good starting point can be asking our local Carers' Centre or GP for a Carers' Assessment. Our local carers' centre can also signpost us to opportunities in our local areas, such as befriending or sitting services.

For those of us unable to access the respite services we would most benefit from, it can feel very frustrating. And worse than that, it can have a detrimental effect on our emotional wellbeing.

While we recognise that nothing is as good as an actual break, our blog can offer some alternative help. 'How to care for yourself, when there's no time to care for yourself' shares some valuable and simple tools, which we can use in and around our busy lives. It's written by a busy carer, who uses these tools daily herself.

Get support in your caring role, contact your local carer centre. Find out who is closest using this nifty tool from the Carers Trust.

If you were forwarded this page and you look after someone, you might like to contribute to a better understanding of unpaid carers. Sign-up for free to take part in Mobilise Moments today.