January Priorities for Carers

The results are in from our simple monthly poll of carers. On the 4th of January much of the UK was put into a 3rd Lockdown. The vaccination programme is underway but the timeline to the end of the pandemic is not clear yet. What does this mean for us as carers?

The Headlines

Our concerns about the virus remain high. Increased infection rates, news of new variants and seeing the NHS stretched to capacity is a frightening time. Managing our own stress and anxiety continue to be a priority too.

Maintaining protection for those we care for from the virus

As carers we have been a little reassured by the latest lockdown measures. However our experiences of the virus now are closer to home, neighbours, friends and wider family have caught the virus despite lockdown restrictions.

The cases in our area are so high and two sets of neighbours have had it, plus three teachers I know have caught it despite following precautions - the virus seems everywhere and to be no match for lockdowns or official advice even
I am worried about the rising number of cases and the fact that so many have no symptoms but can infect others
If the person I care for catches it they will probably die
I am concerned that outside carers may bring the virus into the house

Long-term stress and anxiety

Our ability to "just keep going" is really being tested. Carers shared that the ongoing stress is now causing both physical and mental health problems of their own. As carers we are often caring for more than one person with different needs and needing to balance the risks and mental health implications for all, it is a fragile situation.

This feels like it will never end!
Difficult time of year for me, Covid on top of this causing stress and lack of sleep
It's getting harder to keep mentally well
My blood pressure is now quite high, I've never had high blood pressure before

How can we help ourselves?

At a time when most things feel out of our control it can be tempting to assume that no one cares and to avoid seeking support. There are a few important things we can do now:

Let's get through this together! Join other carers in a virtual cuppa or on our facebook group to get support and find out what's helping others get through.

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