There are currently around six million unpaid carers in the UK who dedicate every single day of their lives to looking after their ill, vulnerable, or disabled loved-ones.
Carers face a huge and life-changing responsibility to support their dependent relative or friend, and they often face this challenge entirely alone. Day-to-day life for a carer can at times be incredibly challenging, isolating and upsetting. Carers are often so absorbed with caring for another, that they neglect to care properly for themselves.
CarewellUK.org is a pilot website created by care provider Bupa, charity Carers UK and social enterprise MEND. Although currently in its infancy, the site aims to eventually become an important hub of communication and news for carers across the country.
By bringing carers together, it is hoped that a support network can be built up to help combat some of the challenges carers face on a daily basis.
The site aims to cover four key support areas:
- identifying and coping with stress
- healthy eating
- keeping active
- sleeping well.
Here carers can exchange their experiences and problems and find tips and advice to help combat the stress of being entirely responsible for someone else. By sharing their thoughts online, carers can work towards improving their mental and physical wellbeing, which can sometimes suffer under the immense stress and strain of wholly supporting another.
Carewell aims to be a social hub and support network for those looking to make positive changes to their lifestyles, which should in turn enable them to provide better care.
Take a look at the new site at Carewell UK for a wealth of information, advice and support. The website is currently at an early stage of development and needs user input to really grow, so if you are a carer and have an experience you would like to share – please do get involved now.