This week we’re celebrating National Carers Week, at Anglia Care. Running from 8 to 14 of June, the National Carers Week is a national awareness campaign which aims to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for.

This year’s focus is on Carer Friendly Communities. It’s all about promoting carers and understanding a carer’s daily reality and daily struggles, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. Whilst many carers voluntarily look after members of their family, they want and need to be supported to be healthy themselves, to be able to develop their own careers at work and enjoy life outside the caring role.

Caring for others, is one of the most desirable and unconditional features in a human being and very often people don’t at first, or sometimes ever, identify themselves as carers. They think of themselves simply as a wife, husband, son, daughter, mum, dad, grandparent, niece or nephew helping a loved one.

Anglia Care actively supports family carers who wish to take caring a step further and become professional paid carers. Some of our best carers come from being family carers themselves, and by offering flexible working hours and extensive training, we ensure their wellbeing. Our extensive network of care professionals can also come to the support of family carers in their daily activities and decisions, should they need it.

Wave, for example, is one of Anglia Care’s most dedicated and hard-working employees, and she is an ex-family carer turned care professional. She joined Anglia Care in March 2015, and has since become an integral part of this family run business.

‘Wave is one of the most meticulous and caring people I have met, and we’re proud to have her at Anglia Care’ says Dinu Morar, Training and Recruitment Manager at Anglia Care.

Wave added: “My first contact with Anglia Care was as a client, as I used to receive their support in caring for my husband who sadly passed away this year. Their staff were always helpful and friendly, and they were a very nice company to deal with. When my husband passed away, I decided to go into care professionally as I acquired a lot of transferable skills. Anglia Care was the natural choice, and they gave me the opportunity to turn my skills into a profession! ”

Are you or someone in your family a carer? Here are some of the local events held in Ipswich during the 2015 Carer’s Week:

The Carer’s Cabin at Ipswich Hospital is for Family Carers whose loved ones are In or Out patients at Ipswich Hospital. During the Carers Week, every day, specialist nursing staff will talk to the carers, provide health & wellbeing activities e.g. complementary therapies, nail painting and simple health checks-blood pressure

The Suffolk Family Carers Bus will be parked at Ipswich Hospital between The Carers Cabin & Southwards on Friday 12th of June from 10am until 3pm. All carers are welcome to pop along and speak to the staff about their worries or needs. Family Carers will be listened to, supported and directed according to their needs.

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