Many carers don’t realise there is support available to help them in their role. So as one of the people they may turn to, you’re vital in helping us to identify and support them.
Over 1.1 million people are looking after someone with cancer in the UK. But more than half wouldn’t describe themselves as carers.
Benny Millier meets a lot of carers in need of support in her role as the Information and Support Service Manager at Croydon Healthcare NHS Trust. She says, ‘Many do not associate themselves as carers, even though their roles have changed. They see it as the normal activity they do as wives, husbands, siblings, sons, daughters, friends or neighbours.’
Yet the care these people provide is vital: fromhelping the person with cancer with shopping, washing or dressing, to taking them to the hospital and being there for them when they need to talk.
And despite the physical, emotional and financial impact this has on their lives, 49% of carers of people with cancer are not accessing the support that’s available to them.
Benny says, ‘As a healthcare professional I think it is imperative to consider the wellbeing not just of the patient but the people supporting them too.’
In your role, you also come across and support carers on a regular basis. So please let them know that the Macmillan team is here for them too. From in-depth expert information to financial guidance and support with work issues, we provide a range of services to help them. Whether they want to ask questions, need support or just want someone to talk to, they can call us free on 0808 808 00 00 or find information online at macmillan.org.uk/carers