Caring for those who care
Caron Cares. Advice and information if you are caring for someone elderly or with dementia.
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Working as a self-employed personal assistant to elderly people for over 20 years I saw the struggles they faced on a daily basis. Reduced mobility, pain, impaired sight, and hearing. Many elderly people are also increasingly isolated and lonely.
When I started this blog in 2012 health and social care services were at a breaking point. Then factor in the huge financial cost of COVID in 2020/21 and the exodus of care workers, social care provision is lacking, to say the least.
I am personally here to help.
There are currently over 900 articles here with ideas and suggestions on how you can help older people independent and safe at home.
I write with passion and insight because I genuinely care about the well-being of elderly people and carers who are also often lonely, isolated and exhausted. My work is recognised in both the care sector and further afield. I use the word “sector” because I believe something as personal as care should not be referred to as an industry. In December 2018 my work was recognised by the then Prime Minister.
It is my passion to help elderly people live happy fulfilled lives. If you have problems or questions please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com I am personally here to help.
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You can find me on Facebook and Twitter (@caroncares2).
Married to Paul, we have two successful adult sons who have fled our Devon nest. I also had the privilege of being the care columnist for Devon Life magazine from 2016 to 2021.
For 23 years before this, I worked as a self-employed personal assistant which allowed me more freedom than being employed. I absolutely loved my work. It was more like having an extended family than working and over the course of time have helped hundreds of people.
I have worked in a caring role for most of my adult life and do truly believe it to be my vocation. This has also seen me witness failure by carers, care companies and care homes. This resulted in me becoming a vocal campaigner for quality care for elderly people.
My earlier care career
- At 14, I helped in a school for children with severe learning difficulties. This was an inspiring experience.
- At the age of 17 I cared for PC Philip Olds QGM, who had been shot and paralysed.
- I cared for my Grandparents in the Scottish Highlands for a period of time.
- I worked in a Residential home caring for disabled adults which I loved.
- I started Registered nurse training which I loved but my career was sadly shortened by back trouble. Probably a blessing in disguise now as I would be a frustrated “form filler”.
- I cared for my blind, disabled Mother-in-Law for 15. This allowed her to stay at home until she passed away. I did this whilst juggling work and a young family. As a result of this, I fully understand the pressure unpaid carers face.
This blog was my first online project started in 2012 when I had no idea what I was doing! It’s come a long way since then.
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