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Carers putting themselves at risk over respite concerns, warns Vitalise

Disability charity Vitalise urges social care decision makers to take respite provision seriously

Carers’ concern about the quality of respite care is preventing them from taking up opportunities for respite breaks and putting their own health at risk, a study by national disability charity Vitalise has revealed.

In response to this week’s Carers Week survey, which highlights the financial, physical and emotional stresses faced by carers, Vitalise’s study has revealed the additional barriers that are preventing carers from accessing desperately-needed respite breaks for themselves and their loved ones.

Taking a break can have a huge impact both on carers and those they care for

SANDRINGHAM: Could you get on your bike for Park House?

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Organisers of a charity cycling event being held at Sandringham later this month have said they are pleased with the increasing rate of entries.

More than 200 riders have already signed up to take part in the Cycle Together Sandringham event, which takes place on Sunday, June 23 and will support the work done to provide respite breaks for disabled people at the Park House Hotel on the estate.

And, to mark this week’s National Carers Week, three regular visitors to the hotel have spoken of how important the property is to them.

Jackie Thoday, from Litcham, said: “I regularly stay at Park House to give my husband, who is my carer, a break. He knows I will be looked after with a high level of care from dedicated staff and I go home refreshed.”

Viv Barrett travels all the way from Leighton Buzzard to take advantage of the hotel’s facilities.

She said: “It gives me a holiday with the reassurance of knowing that I am safe, and will be well looked after by good care staff.

“The accommodation is very nice and, as I need to be hoisted the room is fully equipped, including an electric hoist. I cannot fault the care team.”

Much needed respite available for carers in Deeside

Carers to get a break as new service launched


A Deeside-based service that supports unpaid carers who look after a family member, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail or disabled has re-launched, with two new carer support workers who will pioneer new activities to benefit Deeside’s hardworking unpaid carers and help to distribute new funding for much-needed short breaks and respite.


Tracey Bell, carer support and development worker, said: “Three in five people will be carers at some point in their lives. There are a lot of services to support the people being cared for. But the carer’s own wellbeing is of paramount importance too.”