Carers praised for boost to economy

THE older people’s commissioner for Wales has praised the contribution older carers make to the Welsh economy – estimated to be worth more than £4 billion a year.

The commissioner’s team visited the Irie Shack, Cwmbran, for an event organised by the Panteg Carers Support Group as part of the celebrations for Carers’ Week, which took place last month.

In total, 55 carers attended the event. The majority of these were older women, who care for dependants, including children with mental health issues, parents or husbands.

Sarah Rochira, the older people’s commissioner said: “Events such as these are a wonderful way of providing carers with an opportunity to socialise, make new friends and learn about support available.”

The visit formed part of the Commissioner’s Engagement Roadshow, which met with more than 5,500 people at 180 events across Wales in 2013.

For further details, visit olderpeoplewales.com or call 08442 640670.

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8:19pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Yes, carers save the NHS billions of pounds a year, often give up work and manage to care for their loved ones and dependents on the princely sum of £55.55p per week which the government awards them. Then for those who can finally meet the needs of their dying loved ones no longer as horrific diseases such as Alzheimer's and other dementia inevitably win the last battle and they have no option but to go into a home for 24-hour specialist medical care the government's reaction is to take the roof off the head of the carer as payment for nursing home fees and throw them out onto the street homeless. Moreover, this is the shape of things to come as the creeping privatisation and eventual destruction of the NHS takes hold.
Yes, carers save the NHS billions of pounds a year, often give up work and manage to care for their loved ones and dependents on the princely sum of £55.55p per week which the government awards them. Then for those who can finally meet the needs of their dying loved ones no longer as horrific diseases such as Alzheimer's and other dementia inevitably win the last battle and they have no option but to go into a home for 24-hour specialist medical care the government's reaction is to take the roof off the head of the carer as payment for nursing home fees and throw them out onto the street homeless. Moreover, this is the shape of things to come as the creeping privatisation and eventual destruction of the NHS takes hold. Katie Re-Registered
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9:26pm Mon 7 Jul 14

gingertom says...

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