Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Commissioning Collaborative highlights carers' important work Image By Ocskay Bence AdobeStock_78991469

Carers Week (8 – 14 June)

This week is Carers Week (8 – 14 June), and the contribution unpaid carers make to families and communities throughout the region has been praised by Dr Nicola Smith, clinical chair of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Commissioning Collaborative. Dr Smith said:

“Each day thousands of people of all ages are putting the needs of others before their own by caring for a family member or friend who is ill, disabled or elderly.

“The positive impact unpaid carers have cannot be underestimated. Through their efforts many people with a long-term physical or mental illness, a disability or who are elderly can remain in their own homes, greatly improving their quality of life.

“So I’m delighted National Carers Week is celebrating the important contribution that carers make by looking after others, as well as highlighting the support available to them.”

In recent months carers have had to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This has seen many people taking on even more responsibility to support a relative or friend.

However, while caring for others can be a rewarding and life-affirming experience, it can often come with difficulties and pressures that can affect the health and well-being of the carer. Dr Smith said:

“If you are a carer the best way you can support the person you’re caring for is to stay fit and healthy. All carers should inform their GP of their caring responsibilities.

“Your GP will then be able to offer advice on how you can stay well, and put you in touch with carer support services and other useful sources of information.”

Local support for carers in BLMK can be found at:

Click here for more information about National Carers Week.