Carers Week: Council shines a light on the invaluable contribution of UK carers

Without carers "the whole health and social care system would not function."

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Reading Borough Council is highlighting the critical contribution of the care industry and the invaluable work of unpaid family and community caregivers.

Each year, the council helps up to 2,000 persons with social care needs to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

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This includes the elderly, those with physical or learning disabilities, as well as those with mental health conditions that influence their everyday life.

Caregivers ensure that individuals are safe and well through a variety of chores, including assisting with bathing, dressing, bedtime preparation, medicine collection, shopping, and ensuring that the persons they care for are active members of the community.

During national Carers Week (June 6–12), the council is recognising their efforts; the topic for 2022 is Make Caring Visible, respected, and encouraged.

From June 13 to 19, they also honour the great work of Shared Lives, which is similar to foster care for adults.

Residents will be encouraged to learn more about working in the care sector and the range of professions available, including respite care, home care, working in a care facility, being employed as a personal care assistant by someone who need care, and Shared Lives.

Cllr John Ennis, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care said: “Social care staff and carers work incredibly hard, 365 days of the year, every single year. Without them the whole health and social care system would not function.

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“We want those carers to know they are enormously valued caring for our most vulnerable residents – ensuring they get the care they need.”

“Reading needs more carers. If you are kind, reliable and patient there will be a role for you – supporting adults of all ages you could help someone live their best life.”

“Caring is an incredibly rewarding career with opportunities for training and career progression.

“You may not have previously considered working in care or aren’t sure how to take the next step, rest assured no previous experience is necessary”

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