Published by Amy Peckham-Driver

Categorised in Good To Know

The theme for #CarersWeek2020, which ran from the 8th of June to the 14th, was to ‘make caring visible’. To honour this, we shared a number of short interviews over on our Facebook page that were sent in by some of the amazing carers registered here with us at #SuffolkCarersMatter. Sharing these stories offers insight into the lives of unpaid carers and helps bring visibility to the experiences of the millions of people within the UK taking on that role.

MEET THE CARER:
Peter

BRIEFLY EXPLAIN YOUR CARING ROLE:
I care for my wife who is diabetic, and suffers with leg ulcers, as well as, limited mobility. My role includes some personal care, supporting exercise walks, shopping and to attend a weekly leg clinic. I also care for my adult son who has ASD, and lives in a care home. I have responsibility for his finances, dealing with benefits, maintaining family contact to improve his quality of life.

HOW HAS THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN AFFECTED YOUR FAMILY/HOSEHOLD?
Due to the restrictions caused by COVID19, I have not been able to visit my son, only being able to maintain contact by telephone. Consequently, communications are very limited and we have become increasingly remote from each other. It has also been difficult to motivate my wife to exercise as often as before.

WHAT WORRIES OR CONCERNS YOU ABOUT TIMES AHEAD IN TERMS OF YOUR CARING ROLE?
I am concerned for my son’s future; when will we be able to meet again and how I will be able to aid his recovery. Although my wife’s leg ulcers are healing, I worry about how I can help her become more active.

WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE?
Seeing my wife smile makes me smile, because that’s when I know she is happy.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHER CARERS AS ADVICE OR ENCOURAGEMENT?
Summer is coming, and hopefully we will all be able to meet our loved ones again soon. Locally, a community support group has been established due to COVID-19, which is making people more aware of others’ need for occasional help.

Thank you so much Peter for getting involved with Carers Week & sending all three of you our best wishes – Suffolk Carers Matter.

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