Iain Gray MSP has visited Leuchie House to discuss the issues faced by carers as part of the charity’s activities to mark Carers Week.
Leuchie House is the leading Scottish destination for those with long term conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Stroke and Parkinson’s and seeking a short break care. It provides invaluable respite for carers from their day-to-day caring responsibilities.
Speaking after his visit, Iain Gray MSP said:
“Leuchie House provides exceptional service for its guests and their carers. It has always focused on the needs of both those living with MS and other long term conditions and those with caring responsibilities.
“As well as providing excellent holiday experiences and specialised care, staff and volunteers at Leuchie are also powerful advocates for carers’ rights and have helped give voice to the needs of unpaid carers, especially during Carers Week.
“I welcomed this latest opportunity to meet with carers at Leuchie and thank them for taking the time to talk to me about their own experiences of caring for a loved one. There is still much to do to ensure that carers receive the support and resources they deserve.”
Chief Executive of Leuchie House, Mark Bevan added:
“Caring for a loved one may be thought of as a duty. It is one which can be as demanding as it is rewarding, with one in five carers not having had a break for more than five years, it can also be exhausting. Leuchie House is all about giving people with long-term conditions an outstanding holiday experience as well as offering a respite break to those with caring responsibilities.
“Carers Week gives us the opportunity to raise the issues faced by carers and those in receipt of care whilst their carer has a break. We are pleased to see and receive Scottish Government support and it is absolutely right that the experience of carers is heard, loud and clear.
“However, for many, the experience of respite care can be a difficult choice: the exhaustion of caring or the guilt of placing a loved one, in their 40’s and 50’s in a wholly inappropriate, temporarily available bed in an older people’s nursing home. The right to respite has to be met with resources which are appropriate to the need. We are delighted to have the chance to discuss these issues with Iain here at Leuchie, where we are trying to make respite a truly positive choice.”
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.