The Carers' Resource is the local, specialist carers' centre for the
Bradford and Airedale, Harrogate and Ripon, and Craven districts of Yorkshire.

Carers' Resource - You care for them, we care for you

Case Study

Audrey’s story

Audrey

Audrey Young, of Wilsden, says she was encouraged to apply for the Carer’s Wellbeing Grant by a carer caseworker at Carers’ Resource.

“I didn’t think about getting anything to help me or make my life better. I was more concerned about making sure Aunty was sorted and had everything she needed,” says Mrs Young, 69, who was full-time carer for her Aunty Mary Dubil, who died aged 92 in June.

A former Meals on Wheels supervisor at Bradford Council, Mrs Young used her grant to buy a Todo crafting machine which combines hot foil, letterpress, die-cutting and embossing – giving her the freedom to create beautiful cards, gift boxes and presents.

“It’s an amazing machine and I get so much out of it. I can go upstairs into my craft room, shut myself off, and just disappear,”
she says.

As Mrs Young has arthritis which restricts movement in her fingers she says the multi-functional machine allows her to be creative without causing too much discomfort as it carries out a lot of the intricate work.

“It’s really made such a difference to my life. It’s the magic of Carers’ Resource – the peace of mind it brings to a carer knowing there’s somewhere and someone who can help.”

Ian’s story

Ian and Kathleen

“The therapy sessions are very beneficial because for a short period of time you can slip off into your own world. As a carer I need all the help I can get,“ says Ian Braithwaite, of Keighley, who is using his Carer’s Wellbeing Grant for relaxing massage sessions.

The 65-year-old was until recently a full-time carer for wife, Kathleen, 77, who has Alzheimer’s. She has now moved into a care home.

“The hardest part of being a carer is the feeling of solitude and sometimes loneliness which isn’t always a bad thing because when Kath falls asleep during the day I try my best to recharge my batteries”
“We don’t know what is going on in the mind of a dementia sufferer but I’m sure loneliness and fear are there in big lumps, also the uncertainty of what’s around the next corner.
“I never thought when I retired I would have been working harder than I’ve ever worked before – it’s very demanding; physically and mentally.”

Kathleen began experiencing memory loss ten years ago and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years later.

“The next time I see a young mother looking frayed around the edges I’ll think again. Cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, bathing, being a social secretary, etc. certainly isn’t easy. Just like those young mothers I do everything for my 77-year-old ‘child’,” says Ian.

Ian was a Trooper with a tank regiment in the army, based in Catterick then Germany. He worked as a security guard before retirement.