Six million people in the UK, often unnoticed by the rest of us, provide unpaid care for disabled or elderly relatives, friends or neighbours. Their job is long, lonely and hard, yet there is limited support and no formal training. As a result, carers suffer frequent damage to physical and mental health.
Oddly, though carers by definition are anything but selfish pigs, they are liable to feelings of guilt, probably brought on by fatigue and isolation. So Hugh Marriott has written this book for them - and also for the rest of us who don't know what being a carer is all about. His aim is bring into the open everything he wishes he'd been told when he first became a carer. And he does. The book airs such topics as sex, thoughts of murder, and dealing with the responses of friends and officials who fail to understand.
This is a must-read for anyone involved with caring.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Hugh Marriott lives in Lymington with his wife Cathie, who is suffering from Huntingdon's Disease. He used to run his own PR business. He has three daughters and enjoys sailing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the book for you if , like me, you suddenly realise that you have drifted into being a fulltime 'informal' carer. written in an easily accessible style it reminds that you are not alone and that everyone in this position feels the same way and points you in the direction of things to do, stuff that will help and things that do not.reccommended.
As I read this book, I felt as if I were reading about myself! Mr. Marriott was able to put onto paper exactly how I felt when I thought no one else in the whole world felt like I did. Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!!