"They need to respect us [unpaid carers] as professionals. Respect and value us."
"“So it's quite a new role in that I'm supporting a family member. You know, I sometimes struggle and wonder where to turn to really. I think that there are gaps for somebody just to listen to your own personal story and direct you a little bit. Because everyone's different."
"Over the years, you should have had six weeks [of respite care] a year from social services. I don't think you ever had more than three a year. And that's over 28 years. So, you know, I'm under no illusions."
"In care homes, I think [things] are a lot worse because they're so understaffed. And all of their patients are very highly dependent on the staff. And you do get a lot of grief...you can get very difficult patients that are very rude to staff [or][ are very demanding. And...read more
"I think that it would be nice if everybody was treated as a human being. Sometimes I think by the very nature of the things that we do, we can become a little too robotic. And I think if we were all treated as human beings, that includes the staff...read more
"When I was a carer, and my husband sadly died a few years back, I found respite was non-existent. Previously, it was there. Not much, but it was there. But non-existent at the end, when I twice needed major surgery. There just wasn't any help."
"[If] a family suddenly had to step in, which caused problems with their work, there just wasn't any help available whatsoever. Very sad, but that's the way it was. And I would phone 20 to 40 homes, trying to get help."
"My background is occupational therapy. And I've worked in statutory services in health and social care. But sadly, around 10 years ago, I came to the point where I just couldn't continue because I did not feel that I could do a good job. I couldn't deliver any meaningful rehab...read more
"I think a lot of people can take [the NHS] for granted because it's free. On our ward, we have a lot of rude patients that are just so demanding. And they don't realise how much it does cost the NHS for a detox or for a drain or anything like that."