Hopefully I’ve managed to get to grips with the forum and how it works, but please bear with me if I make mistakes!
Until recently I didn’t consider myself to be a carer, however, I realise that being a carer does not mean that you live with someone and care for them twenty four hours a day. My Mother is 90 years old and still lives in her own home. She has just come out of hospital for the fourth time in 2 years and each time she is frailer and weaker. I live about ten minutes from her and my sister and brother in law live about twenty minutes away, so we are all fairly nearby.
I was working part time but as time has gone on, I’m finding it more and more difficult to work and be there for my Mum. I’m not ready to retire yet, but I am discovering that caring is almost a full time job in itself. My Mum has reliable care in place, however, it’s still overwhelming at times. Having read some of the posts here has made me realise that I have exactly the same issues and worries as so many other people, and this has made me feel a lot better about my situation.
At times it does seem overwhelming, but finding Carers UK, and this forum in particular has made me feel a bit more positive. I hope I’ve not rambled on for too long, thanks for ‘listening’