Thanking our Carers – Dr David Crichton

“You Can Care” is a campaign taking place this week, it is intended to highlight how rewarding it is to work in the care sector. I’ve witnessed first-hand how much carers within our community have selflessly gone to help our most vulnerable residents throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

In todays blog I’d like to show my recognition and say thank you to all of Doncaster’s care givers. It’s important to remember that carers come in many roles, but ultimately, they help people to become as independent, healthy and as well as possible.

Community carers, care home employees, personal carers, nurses, health care assistants and those who have cared for and supported the vulnerable members of our community by volunteering their services throughout the pandemic have all shown an enormous amount of courage and strength.

The last 12 months have shone a light on how important carers are to our community, they have worked tirelessly whilst risking their own health to help others. When recognising the care heroes within our community its also important to understand how difficult the last year has been for them both mentally and physically.

There are over 33,000 unpaid personal care givers across Doncaster and this number is set to rise significantly over the coming years. It’s important when caring for others that you also look after your own health and wellbeing. If you are an adult or child carer and feel like you need any support please see the options available by visiting the NHS carers support and the Doncaster Councils webpage.

For carers in the workplace there is an array of support available which can be accessible via your organisation and the NHS.

We all know that the last year has been extremely tough and sadly many people have lost loved ones. I imagine this is particularly difficult when losing someone you’ve cared for. Bereavement support is available via The Listening Ear Bereavement Service and is free to telephone on 0800 048 5224 or alternatively visit the website.

Given the unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and the effects it is having on us all, I think it’s important to ensure we look after each other and ourselves; If you or anyone you know is struggling with mental health, we have lots of support available across Doncaster.

Adult carers will be invited within priority group 6 for the COVID-19 vaccination. This includes those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

The community spirit in Doncaster is better than ever, and that’s all possible because we care for one another. Let’s keep up the good work and continue to make Doncaster great!

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude once again to our carers. You are important, you are needed and above all you are appreciated!

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