• Claire Cook

#95 | Results from 4th May

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

Our own diagnosis

Yesterday we asked: Do you have your own long-term health condition or disability?

A huge 78.2% of us have our own long-term health condition or disability - with 63% of us having a formal diagnosis.

In many of our cases, it is the impact of round the clock, long-term caring, that can lead to our own poor health.

This is echoed in CarersUK's report, which states:

"Carers providing round the clock care are more than twice as likely to be in bad health than non-carers."
"Carers Week research from 2018 found that 6 out of 10 people (61%) said their physical health has worsened as a result of caring, while 7 out of 10 (72%) said they have experienced mental ill health."

It's essential that we take notice of our own health and any deterioration. It's also essential that our own health needs are accounted for and taken care of. We're aware this may be easier than said. But ultimately:

"We can't pour from an empty cup"

We cannot continue to provide care for another, if we do not look after ourselves. Working under sustained stress and trauma, will adversely affect our health. Our blog, 12 signs of carer burnout, is worth reading.

Plus, it's essential we find support that is right for us and the health condition and disability we have. Our Carer's guide to condition specific support, was created from recommendations by carers in our community. Please do take a look and please let us know if there is an organisation we should add.

Finally, remember we offer free support calls, available 7 days per week. So if you're struggling, please don't hesitate to book a call with us.

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.