A non-professional caregiver is a person who care for others, unpaid, who does it for a loved one, neighbour or friend, who due to being unwell with a mental health problem, disability or addiction is not able to look after themselves alone with no support.
Anyone can end up caring for another – a teenage girl caring for parents with alcohol problems, a middle-aged man caring for his wife, who has terminal cancer, or a woman of 80 years of caring for her husband who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Although for many caregivers, caring can have positive and beneficial aspects, there are many reasons why being a carer can mean you need additional support. Sometimes, for an elderly person, a care home is the safest solution. For more information on Dementia Care Homes Solihull, visit https://sandersseniorliving.co.uk/the-collection/claridge-place-care-home-solihull/
Money and benefits
Offering care round-the-clock can lead to financial problems if someone is forced to leave their job to manage care responsibilities. Aids and equipment needed to provide care assistance can be expensive and it soon adds up, particularly when money is already stretched.
Finances struggles for carers mean they are unable to do things that most take for granted – like shopping for new clothing, heating our homes, repairing our houses, going on holiday or running a car.
Being a caregiver can often feel like a never-ending battle for access to aid for you and the person you care for, such as getting the right diagnosis, the right support for your family, adaptations to the home, and the benefits and assistance from other financial institutions.