The number of carers in the UK is definitely on the increase
SCPA Care Bristol - care agency Bristol and social care Bristol
The website for Carers UK has some very interesting information on both the number of carers there are in the UK and also the demographic of those carers. Based on the 10-yearly census, the last taken in 2011, there were approximately 6.5 million carers in the UK, which accounts for one in ten of the population. That in itself is a bit of an eye opener for those who are not involved with the caring profession and social care in Bristol. Further investigation of these figures reveals that this number has risen by 11% since the previous census taken in 2001. Here at SCPA Care in Bristol (the SCPA stands for Social Care Personal Assistants) we have noticed this trend through the number of requests we have been receiving for both short-term and long-term care.
In addition, the breakdown of the carers in the UK reveals that over 2 million are aged between 50 and 65, while 1.3 million are aged over 65. Now the one concern with this figure is that as we get older, our own health can deteriorate, both in the short and long term, but we still try and shoulder the responsibility of caring for those we love and who depend on us. It is tough, both emotionally and physically, to cope with being a carer when you are not 100% fit and healthy.
To try and provide a list of situations where a carer is needed would be wrong as that involves pigeonholing people into groups. Now everyone's situation is different, the levels of care required are different, the age of the person being cared for can be different and their illness or ailment can be different. The simple truth is, each and every one of these people who are not in a position to look after themselves needs care, and that is where the help of a reputable social care agency in Bristol, like ourselves here at SCPA Care, can help you out.
We are able to offer you invaluable help and support with the following:
Adults aged 18 years or over
Adults who have dementia
Adults who have a physical disability
Adults who have a learning disability
Adults who have a sensory impairment
Adults who have mental health support needs
Adults who have both short- and long-term support needs or care needs
We are particularly aware of the diversification in requirements so we can also offer a choice of live-in support, domestic support (in the patient's home), companionship and also a sleep in or what we would call 'waking nights' (where our carer stays overnight, but as though it were a 'night shift' as opposed to sleeping over).
Because every situation is different, what we like to recommend is that you give us a call and invite us over to discuss, openly, how and when you may need some assistance, the costs and what allowances you may be able to obtain from the state. Sometimes you can become so worn out you forget to think about more obvious solutions - whether you want some respite care while you recharge your batteries, or you want to plan for a longer-term solution with a care agency here in Bristol. Let us help take some of the responsibility off your shoulders so you can assess the situation and think more clearly what the best solution for everyone all round will be.
We can visit you within the comfort of your own home for a FREE assessment of your needs.
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