According to the NHS, carers make up more than 12% of UK employees, and more than 2 million people become carers each year. That’s a lot of people caring for a lot of friends, relatives and loved ones.
Caring is a rewarding, yet challenging, experience. You might think that continuing to work would add extra stain, but many carers find that working has a positive influence on their wellbeing. It gives them a purpose, social interaction, self-esteem, financial freedom and a break away from caring-related issues.
If you’re thinking of going back to work or already juggle employment and caring for someone, there are a range of things you can do to make things easier.
Managing health conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy is difficult at the best of times, but for people with restricted mobility it can present even more of a challenge. Using a wheelchair, hoist or stair lift means a fit can have dramatic effects on you and people around you.
Speak to your GP or health specialist to put together a care plan, including information about the best way for carers or other people to help you if you have a seizure. In this article, we outline some general first aid tips.
If someone you know has a seizure in a wheelchair, the most important thing to remember is to NOT restrict or restrain their movements. This can lead to an injury such as torn muscles, or in severe cases, broken bones.
Put the wheelchair’s brakes on to stop them moving, and if they’re buckled into a seatbelt or waist harness, leave it fastened. Other straps such as for arms, chest or legs should left undone to give them free movement. Read more →