• Joe Legate

#96 | Results from 5th May

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

What's in a word?

The debate about the word carer is rarely off the table here at Mobilise HQ. It was one of the first things Kyro (Mobilise Co-founder) wrote about nearly two years ago.

So yesterday we set a challenge for us all to describe ourselves in relation to our caring role without using the word carer.

Generally we saw two types of responses. Do they resonate with you?

There are those that reflected the logistics of what they do:

  • As I can't use that C word I will use other C words, Cook, Cleaner, Companion, Chauffeur, Chief receptionist, Charge nurse and Comedian.

  • On 24 hour duty, 7 days a week with no chance of respite in immediate future

  • Full time house wife, nurse and administrative assistant

  • Many talented provider of services, from cleaning to technology support, chief cook and bottle washer lol, cat slave, companion.

  • Mental health support .. Mum... Sounding board, verbal punchbag, financial advisor, taxi, teacher.,general dogsbody. Researcher. Nurse. Counseller... Advocate.. Cleaner.. It guy.. Probably loads more too

  • Housekeeper, stylist , nurse, chef, personal shopper, administrator, leisure coordinator.

  • Meerkat-Hypervigilant

Others reflected on their relationship

  • Daughter with disabled mother

  • Dedicated daughter

  • Look after my daughter

  • Loving daughter ❤

  • my lovely dads daughter 🤍

  • Mother

  • Loving wife to poorly husband

  • Wife

Thank you for sharing these, and if you're intrigued in why we can find the word 'carer' problematic take a read of Kyro's blog.

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.