Today marks the start of Carers Week 2020, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the extraordinary efforts and many challenges faced by carers every day around the United Kingdom made only harder by the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Around 6.5 million people in the UK are carers, and many are solely responsible for the wellbeing of a disabled person who may rely on them completely, sometimes 24/7, and during the crisis, many of these carers have had no access to a respite break for nearly three months.
Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers often find it challenging to find time to look after themselves. Sid is father to two daughters, Elizabeth and Christine. Elizabeth was born with Microcephalia, and Sid and his wife Sheila were told she wasn’t going to live. The condition meant her skull was too small, so the brain wasn’t able to develop. Amazingly, Elizabeth came through.
The family were told the chances were very slim that any further children would be born with a disability, but their second daughter Christine was also born with Microcephalia. Sadly, Sheila died last year and Liz and Christine are now reliant on Sid.
Sid got in touch with Revitalise, as like many people who care for their loved ones, he was worried about what might happen to his daughters if he got ill. Revitalise have always been known as the people who create proper holidays for disabled people and their carers, however, during the current COVID-19 crisis, the team is offering their facilities at Revitalise Sandpipers in Southport, Merseyside, and Revitalise Netley Waterside House in Southampton, as places to stay safe either short or long term, for disabled people no longer able to get the care they need at home.
Christine and Liz have been able to come to Revitalise Sandpipers in Merseyside, and are now safely being looked after by the charity’s dedicated team of healthcare staff. The centre is fully accessible, with equipment including hoists, profiling beds and airflow mattresses. The teams are comprised of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants.
General Manager at Revitalise Sandpipers Darren Holloran said:
“We are very pleased to be able to offer a sanctuary of care and support to disabled people like Liz and Christine during this worrying time. Hopefully, this will be one less thing for Sid to worry about as his daughters stay safe at Revitalise.”
Anybody who is worried about whether their care support at home can continue should contact Revitalise, who are able to offer long or short stays with full care support in place.