#GladtoCare Awareness Week is an initiative in the UK that celebrates and recognises the resilience and dedication of care workers. While the responsibilities of care workers have always been necessary, the coronavirus pandemic has shed even more light on the importance of these people. At the same time, COVID-19 may have also created higher stress levels for these employees.
This year’s #GladtoCare Awareness Week runs from 5-9 July and encourages people to give thanks to care workers. There are a number of ways to help care workers with their stress levels and show your appreciation, such as:
- Staying connected—Care workers may work long, irregular hours. As such, it may be difficult for them to stay in touch with friends and family. Those around them may need to use extra effort.
- Learning—If a care worker is helping someone with a specific condition, they may value having someone to talk to about it. Take some time to learn about the condition so that you can have a conversation about it.
- Encouraging self-care—Care workers may neglect self-care, such as a healthy diet, exercise and finding time to relax. Pay attention to any negative health patterns and offer to help out with chores to create more free time for the care worker.
- Researching support—People who are experiencing high levels of stress may need more support than a friend or family member can offer, but they may also lack the time or energy to find the necessary resources. Look up support groups or other services that may be helpful to care workers and encourage care workers to explore them.
For more information on #GladtoCare Awareness Week, click here.
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