I have heard many a time on forums & such people stating, why should we pay a benefit to people for caring when surely if they care & love the person in question that requires the care, they would do it anyway?
The thing is, yes they all would.
Caring includes everything from round the clock nursing, to
completing some tasks & aiding the disabled person to do the rest
themselves, to being more of a personal assistant.
It’s not about the grand sum of £59.75, if the short change that the
government pays to carers was paid to a care provider to instead provide
the ‘care’ it would equate to £1.70 an hour & I can’t see any
outside care company providing anything for that, no where near close to
the minimum wage.
This you are only entitled to if you provide 35hrs of care, of which
there are many carers that provide way over this many providing 24hr
care, always on call with very little respite & others that provide
less & don’t get the “marvellous” sum of £59.75 but still care &
aren’t any less valuable
Carers & the disabled people they care for don’t want pity mind
you. Although disabled people have some limitations due to their
disability, it doesn’t mean that they don’t have aspirations. By
completing the tasks that the disabled person can’t do or the tasks that
would take so much out of them, can mean the difference between the
disabled person just ‘existing’ & the disabled person being able to
concentrate on some of their own life choices whether this be working,
studying, arts & crafts etc. Disabled people in this country have
valuable contributions to make to society & their carers are vital
in enabling disabled people to fulfil their life choices.
Carers also look after friends or relatives that are living with some
of the most challenging or terminal of conditions. For a carer to
slowly see their loved one taken by dementia for example must be
heartbreaking, to slowly lose someone you care about over time.
People also don’t realise how heartbreaking it can be to watch
someone you care about so deeply go through pain & illness. I myself
always deal with a level of pain all the time, people often think how
the disabled person is dealing with their condition but often the
distress that the carer feels is often overlooked.
Carers often see & face the hostility that disabled people have to contend with from certain sections of society.
Carers are often the people that fight your corner for what you need,
often it can be when rushed to hospital & as you are too ill, you
no longer have the strength to argue yourself to remain in the hospital
for treatment (you would rather be in your own bed) as the Junior Doctor
fails to fully understand your condition & the gravity of the
situation & wants to send you home. Your carer fights your corner,
makes a “fuss”, insists on being seen by the registrar which when you
do, they apologise as the information you had given the Junior had not
been shared & now the registrar understands the gravity of the
situation & how serious it could have been. The carer had seen it
all along, this isn’t unusual.
I always wonder were carers fit into the Conservative’s “Hardworking Britain ?”
I detest this statement, what is your definition of hardworking?
Would a person that owns a multi billion dollar company be your idea of
hardworking because they make so much money? Would they still be the
ideal hardworking person if their company dumped chemical waste &
exploited their workers? Would they still be the ideal person if they
never saw their family?
Just because a person may not make millions, does it mean that their contribution is any less?
Hardworking has nothing to do with the amount in which you are paid,
some of the most important things that keep our society together are
done by people that get no or little financial reward. We must focus on
making a conscientious society & as well as a strong economy but not
one where the focus is on obtaining the biggest financial reward at any
cost to society.
Carers are deeply under valued & unappreciated by the state but
they don’t care for people because the state tells them to, they see
they are needed & are valued enormously by the people they care for.
Our ability to care is one of the best aspects of humanity & if
carers stopped caring the cost to the state would be enormous. The fact
is that even with giving this small amount of £59.75 (too low in my
opinion) to the carers in this country, it is much more “cost effective”
than if the country had to employ an army of carers. It also means that
even a small amount can allow the carer a break & allow them to do
something they enjoy. Caring isn’t the same as looking after a loved one
that has the flu. Many people often don’t understand the effort that
people put into caring often the putting the person they are caring for
before themselves & often can’t have a ‘day off’.
The thing is you can’t put a price on the care & support that the carers of this country provide
Carers enable, carers are anyone. They are wives, husbands, sisters,
brothers, mothers, fathers & friends & regardless they will
always keep on caring.