An exploration of the UK carer world

Suicide is for the rich cared-for                                       page hidden until The Times advises

Suicide is for the rich cared-for

SIR -  Today is Carers Rights Day as seen on other pages. Carer support provision in every county is available to all unpaid carers.  However, little attention has been given to the cared-for who have decided they can no longer be a burden to their carers. 

On 14 July 2013, Times readers learned about the widow of a leading physicist has told how her “brilliant” husband chose to die at a suicide clinic in Switzerland because he could not live with dementia and the thought that he was becoming an increasing “burden” on her.

Is it not time to make such choice available to all in the UK irrespective of income?

Help with a wide variety of unpaid carer topics is available to all via carerworld.info - a nonpartisan website. 

Alan F Harrison (Prof)

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire 



Update 27 Nov - it's all happening on Friday.  See 2c here.  

Another new link at 4c here.    

Update 26 Nov - many more citations on the Times Newspapers page here.

Notes for Newsdesk staff

There is more to this than responding to one letter.  The letter itself can be reduced to what can be read online without subscription.  

You may well have plans in respect to Carers Rights Day.  My purpose is to raise awareness of Carers Rights Day on 29 Nov in conjunction with The Times, using this website.  

The Intro page, with your cooperation, will have a link - Elderly in charge - and this page will appear in the list of links in that section.

Already, the Updates page introduces readers to Silver Line announced by you here.

I have read the "Elderly in charge" replies here and will bide my time before adding anything.

Alan Harrison               Contact

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The Times on Saturday 23 November 2013, p 27 included the following letter on the left.  My reply is adjacent.  Notes aimed at providing help follow.


 SIR -  Today is Carers Rights Day as seen on other pages. Carer support provision in every county is available to all unpaid carers.  However, little attention has been given to the cared-for who have decided they can no longer be a burden to their carers. 

On 14 July 2013, Times readers learned about the widow of a leading physicist has told how her “brilliant” husband chose to die at a suicide clinic in Switzerland because he could not live with dementia and the thought that he was becoming an increasing “burden” on her.

Is it not time to make such choice available to all in the UK irrespective of income?

Help with a wide variety of unpaid carer topics is available to all via carerworld.info - a nonpartisan website. 

Alan F Harrison (Prof)

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire 

 

 

Deborah Ross (times2, Nov 21) 

Britain must do more to ensure older people feel “valued”, said the television presenter Esther Rantzen this week as she launched the Silver Line, a helpline for older people modelled on ChildLine. She said old people are often made to feel like “rubbish that has been discarded” 

source


Silver Line  here




Update 26 Nov

The  'Allo - 'Allo NHS  - by a GP

Where are zey putting all the earth from ze tunnel?’

‘In the graves they have already dug.’

‘But where are zey putting all ze earth from ze graves?’

‘They are digging more graves…’

And there you have it — the NHS, in a nutshell.  


more and comment here


Songs

The graphic caption says "plenty to sing about". Here are some recycled songs: 

  1. Clap your hands
  2. The hot-water bottle song
  3. Carers, carers, (dem) carers
  4. Joshua at the Battle of Red Tape Square
Sing one or more on Friday 29 November!


Carers Rights Day  -  Carers UK

This year Carers Rights Day is taking place on Friday 29 November and the theme is 'rights, advice, support', focusing on ensuring that carers understand their rights and get access to good quality advice that can support them to care.

Carers Rights Day aims to make carers aware of different kinds of practical support that could support them to care ..


Each year Carers UK organises Carers Rights Day to:

  • Increase the take up of benefits – it’s estimated that millions of carers’ benefits aren’t claimed each year.
  • Make sure carers know their rights – every year, more than 2 million people become carers, ...
  • Guide carers towards practical support - it's not just about benefits. .
  • Raise awareness of the needs of carers - Carers Rights Day raises awareness of the needs of carers with the public, decision makers and professionals.

      source


The declining provision of public toilets is dealt with at No. 9here.