The 2021 census reported that approximately 5 million people in the UK aged 5 years and over are providing unpaid care. This is equivalent to about 1 in 8 individuals. Carers Week (5 to 11 June 2023) aims to raise awareness for unpaid carers whilst highlighting the ongoing challenges carers face in their daily lives.
There are many reasons why someone may require care. When people can no longer care for themselves adequately or at all people in their intimate circles often find themselves stepping up to provide the necessary assistance and becoming unpaid carers.
Most, if not all, unpaid carers find themselves in this position unexpectedly, and this can be a difficult adjustment. These carers are not volunteers or employed to care for others but do so because a family member or friend has a disability, illness, mental health condition, problems with addiction or additional needs as they grow older.
There are several ways we can help support Carers Week and acknowledge unpaid carers in our community, including:
- Learning more about Carers Week and talking to others about unpaid carers.
- Getting involved in sharing posts about Carers Week.
- Getting involved in raising money / donating.
- If you know someone who is a carer, offering a friendly ear.
Not only is it difficult and stressful for the carer, but it is also challenging for the individuals receiving the care, as this can have a detrimental effect on mental health. Many people may feel like a burden or feel guilty for the person who is caring for them. Carers Week provides these individuals with an opportunity to show appreciation for their own carers and celebrate the help that they provide.
To learn more about Carers Week or to get involved, please click here.
Medical (Clinical) Negligence
Unfortunately, many incidents of medical negligence result in the claimant requiring ongoing care for the rest of their life. This means that not only will life change drastically for the claimant, but it will also change for those around them too.
At Bridge McFarland LLP, we have a team of specialist medical negligence solicitors with years of experience dealing with claims for various injuries resulting in ongoing care needs. We speak with claimants, family and friends who have to adapt to a new way of life and do what we can to make that adjustment a little easier. If past or future care is required as a result of medical negligence, this could form a significant part of your claim.