Parkinson's UK - the research and support charity - is here so no-one has to face Parkinson's alone. Thousands of wives, husbands, children, friends and family all over the UK support people with Parkinson's and we are here for everyone affected by the condition.
Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson's UK says:
"For every one of the 127,000 people with Parkinson's in the UK, there are family and friends whose support they could not live without. The courage and perseverance that we see from carers of people with Parkinson's is truly inspiring, which is why we’re proud to be a Carers Week partner.
Parkinson's is an incurable condition that can only get worse over time. Perhaps nothing can prepare you for caring for someone with progressive condition, knowing that the demands on you may keep increasing as the condition changes over the years. But nonetheless, carers keep going and the support they contribute is invaluable.
Despite this, carers are often forgotten, invisible– and the services they need are under threat. So this week is a chance to make a difference for carers. This could be by talking about how we would cope in a similar position, making carers aware of the information and support available to them or – for us at Parkinson’s UK – ensuring carers of those with Parkinson's know we care for them and that we’re always here to help."
We offer a wide range of support to carers - from information and advice on caring, through to publications on life with Parkinson's. Our national helpline provides a confidential and supportive ear for those caring for someone with Parkinson's, while our local Information and Support Workers provide one-to-one information, signposting and emotional support. We have an online forum for carers, and our local groups across the UK offer friendship, support and understanding. We also operate a Mali Jenkins Fund the aim of which is to give financial help towards equipment, adaptations and respite breaks.
Call our helpline on 0808 800 0303 for more information or visit our website.