Hannah is 21, a blogger and a carer of her mother and stepdad.
So my name is Hannah and I care for my mother and stepdad, both through no fault of their own.
My stepdad’s needs came about after an accident at work which left him wheelchair bound and unable to return to work. For my mum, standing up awkwardly and setting off arthritis in her knee means she has to use a wheelchair, as well as having a multitude of health issues that are involved with this now.
Trying to co-ordinate a trip out with both of them is a logistical nightmare.
Googling a restaurant or venue before we leave the house is second nature now, too many times we have arrived somewhere and had to go elsewhere due to there being no access or the building being far too small to cater for two wheelchair users.
The amount of support myself and my family has received is amazing, I don’t think we would be where we are now if we weren’t put in contact with Carers Support, even though the situation surrounding the reason we found them wasn’t too great, I’m glad we did.
“Even though the meetings are once a month, without them I feel I would have gone a bit doolally a while ago!”
I think I was 19/20 when I first met the young Carers Support team called ‘Shine’, now called, My Future Group’. Even though the meetings are once a month, without them I feel I would have gone a bit doolally a while ago!
I’ve been asked to contribute to this blog and I feel it’s a fantastic way to vent your opinions and feelings to a wider audience who may even agree and have gone through similar experiences.
Something I think I may talk about here is disabled friendly places to go out to, little things that happen to us when we do go out and services that we’ve benefited from.