When asked what a being a carer involves; a lot of people think being a carer means helping older people go to the bathroom, helping to bathe them, assisting those with special needs… but there is so much more to caring than this!

In the UK last year, 7 million people (that’s one in every ten!) were working in the care industry or providing care to their loved ones. It is forecasted that three in five of us will provide some form of care at some point in our life, and this number is set to increase over the next few years. When it comes to the world of caregiving, there are preconceived ideas as to what is actually involved in providing care to those who need it, and this week we are proudly supporting You Can Care Week, which is focused around highlighting the tremendous work of caregivers, and the rewards that come with it.

Anyone can be a carer, and it doesn’t matter what walk of life you are from, or what qualifications you have, everyone is able to care. We find that carers have a multitude of skills; and are fun, loving and hardworking people who offer a friendly face and an ear to listen. They are also able to offer support to the families of those who are in care and to help reassure that they are in safe hands.

Here at Bridge, we get to see hard work that these carers provide, and during our time spent in a variety of different homes across the UK, we have witnessed first-hand just how amazing being a carer really is. We have seen how carers are able to provide tailored care to suit each individual they care for and being able to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

“Carers really do care! They assist those in need of help, and give them a reason to wake up happy” – George, one of our fitters

How can you get involved? If you have been inspired by the stories above, and think you have what it takes to help change an older person’s life, then here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Get involved on social media by following Home Instead and the #YouCanCare hashtag
  • Share your care stories and hashtag #YouCanCare, whether it’s care provided to you or a family member, or care you’ve provided
  • Start a conversation with those around to try and find out what the preconceptions of carers are and try and bust those myths!


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