It'll be lonely for carers
this Christmas, finds new study by local charity Revitalise
ON the eve of Festive Season,
disability charity finds carers feel exhausted, sleep deprived and lonely.
With many of us looking forward to enjoying the festivities this holiday season,
a new study by local disability charity Revitalise, which runs the Sandpipers
respite holiday centre in Southport, has worryingly revealed that many carers
have far less reason to be jolly this Christmas.
The charity's research found that 37% of the UK's carers will be lonely, 30% of
whom were aged 70 or over.
Worse still, at a time when most people are looking forward to relaxing with
family and friends, the Revitalise study found that 60% of carers feel unable to
'switch off' from their caring role, with 69% saying they are always
tired, feel mentally exhausted (63%) and 61% admitting they have trouble
And, with the New Year fast approaching, it's evident that the plight of unpaid
carers all across the UK does not lend itself to an optimistic outlook for the
future either. 52% of carers did not know how they would be able to cope if
things continued the way they were. 40% also expressed concerns that they would
end up ill, in chronic pain or disabled themselves; not surprising since 55% of
carers had been caring for 10 years or more and a shocking 45% had sustained
injuries or chronic health conditions as a direct result of caring, the survey
In light of the study's findings, Revitalise is calling for more funding from
central government to enable local authorities to give unpaid carers all the
support they need and is renewing its call for sufficient funding for respite
breaks to be a fundamental element of all social care provision.
Revitalise is also delighted to have the support of Revitalise Vice President,
Dame Esther Rantzen, who is fronting the charity's 2016 Christmas Campaign:-
a light on loneliness.' Those wishing to make a donation to Revitalise's
work are kindly asked to go
Every penny donated will go into the Revitalise Support Fund to help those
struggling to afford a break.
Picking up on the key issue of loneliness, Dame Esther Rantzen, added:-
"It is thanks to the dedication and commitment of the 6.5 million carers in the
UK that not only are our parents, siblings and children looked after with love
and compassion, but also the UK economy benefits enormously. So it is somewhat
depressing to find that 4 out of 10 carers feel lonely.
This feeling of isolation must be felt even more keenly at Christmas, a time of
year devoted to family and togetherness. That's why I'm urging you to support Revitalise's campaign to give unpaid carers the recognition they deserve and
help combat the damaging effects of loneliness. Please, give what you can; and
help us rekindle the true spirit of Christmas."
Revitalise is a national charity providing respite holidays for disabled people
and carers. Revitalise provides short breaks, with 24 hour nurse led care
on call and personal support, at Sandpipers in Southport and 2 other accessible
centres in Chigwell in Essex and Southampton. Each centre offers a wide range of
accessible activities and excursions in a holiday environment.
'None For The Road' this festive period
MERSEYSIDE Police are strongly urging
the region's motorists to heed advice and have 'None For The Road' over the
festive period. Already during this December's Police Operation, 105 people have
been arrested for drink and drug driving. The Operation began on 1 December 2016,
and to date 54 drink driving and 51 drug driving offences have been identified
with 40 arrests last weekend alone. During the whole of the 2015 operation
(across December 2015), only 66 drug drivers were arrested. Inspector Keith
Kellett from Merseyside Police Roads Policing Unit said:- "We are less
than half of the way into this year's operation and already over 100 people have
been arrested. The reality is that this is 100 people who have ruined their own
Christmases and those of their families, not to mention the huge dangers they
pose on the roads. The incident in Walton at the weekend where a suspected drink
driver crashed into a house on the corner of Grandison Road and Lauriston Road,
is just 1 example of the huge dangers that drink and drug driving can pose. We
are determined to make Merseyside as safe as possible by removing these people
from the roads. Whether motorists are ignorant of the laws or are confident that
they will not be stopped, I want to make it clear that our patrols will continue
across the force and we are carrying out hundreds of breath and drug tests every
day, including in the early mornings to ensure people driving the morning after
a night out are also on our radar. If you know or suspect anyone of being a
drink or drug driver, please report any concerns on:- 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111 and we can take immediate action."
of Liverpool experiences "breath taking" visit to the new Royal Liverpool
THE Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson
has attended an exclusive preview inside the new Royal Liverpool University
Hospital. Mayor Anderson added:- "It's absolutely breath taking, it really
is! I came to the topping out ceremony last Christmas and am excited to see how
it has progressed since then. I am really looking forward to when the Hospital
will be ready for occupation."
The Mayor also visited the inpatient wards on the 4th floor, and discussed the
technology which will support patient safety in each of the patient rooms.
Visiting the critical care ward and theatres on the 2nd floor, the Mayor learned
how state of the art technology will improve patient safety, dignity and privacy
allowing nurses to monitor patients directly in each of their rooms.
Each in patient ward has a relaxation sitting area for patients and relatives to
aid their recovery, something that isn't currently available in the existing
Much work has also been dedicated to enhancing staff facilitates, including
staff restrooms and staff changing facilities which are located on each floor.
The garden and courtyard facilities will provide much needed green space to
enhance the health and wellbeing of patients. The tour also highlighted how the
interior of the Hospital will display original artwork from artists and will
house improved cafes and retail outlets.
Mayor Anderson said:- "I'm just absolutely amazed and overwhelmed with the
scale and the size of the building. Seeing it for myself I can see how this
facility will provide fantastic benefits to patients, staff and visitors."
1 of the most striking things that visitors to the Royal can expect is the
bright and spacious atrium, the Mayor saw this 1st hand, as he was 1 of the 1st
to walk through the new atrium, located at the heart of the new Royal.
Once open, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital will be the largest all
single patient room Hospital, within the UK. The new Hospital will contain 646
beds, all in individual en-suite rooms, spread across 23 wards. There will be a
40 bed critical care unit and 18 operating theatres.
Mayor Anderson added:- "The new Royal Liverpool University Hospital is
such an important development that's taking shape in our City; it will bring
about world class healthcare for the people of our community and provide an
essential partnership in innovation and advances in science and medical
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University
Hospital added:- "The tour was a fantastic opportunity for the Mayor to
visit the new Hospital and see for himself the hard work that is enabling the
development to progress. We have worked tirelessly with our staff and Carillion
to get this right for staff and patients, to ensure we are providing state of
the art facilities and lead the way in supporting and treating patients with the
best possible care. The Hospital forms part of the Health Campus situated in the
Knowledge Quarter Liverpool which is a Mayoral Development Zone this is fast
becoming one of Europe's leading innovation districts. The Mayor had the chance
to see how much of an asset the new Hospital will be for the area and how it
will bring about greater relationships with stakeholders and open up new
opportunities for research and development in science and in health. Thanks to
the Mayor, local MP's and Councillors for supporting the new Royal Liverpool
Hospital development, the new Hospital will enable a significant advancement in
healthcare in our City."