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UK: Lack of support fears for thousands of 'hidden carers'

Discussion in 'Caregiver support' started by Sly Saint, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Article in Bicester Advertiser:

    The number of young people caring for loved ones in Oxfordshire increased by 374 in just a few months earlier this year, according to new figures.

    There are now 2,900 known young carers in the county but officials predict the real number could be up to four times this amount."

    Naomi Pounce, 14, is a carer for her mother Rachel who has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.

    She lives at home in Didcot with her father, who is also disabled, and older brother, who has autism.

    Mrs Pounce has a professional carer who comes most days but at other times her daughter is her primary care-giver."

    full article here:
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  2. Invisible Woman

    Invisible Woman Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    So sad that young people, children are left to carry the burden society should share.

    It's not just costing these children their childhood, but the extra burden ultimately has a knock effect on their adult lives as well.
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