By providing the care that you do, you might not have realised the very unique position that this has placed you in, whether intentional or not, that the world of caring has to offer. All to often, those that aren't part of the industry will have no clue as to the hours of work that goes in to providing one persons care. And there are others who are looking to ensure that the care and understanding for the carers is present and helpful.
That's why when we heard from Emilia Pettit who is studying for a degree in Psychology at the University of Leeds, we were keen to read more about the topic of her final year dissertation that is studying the relationships between people who suffer from memory and language difficulties and their carers givers.
"This research aims to investigate the relationship between caregiver wellbeing and the memory and language difficulties of their care recipients. We hope that this study might help improve support for all individuals that are impacted by memory and language difficulties."
All that's being asked of you is to fill out an online questionnaire, roughly taking 30 minutes to complete and will consist of mostly multiple-choice questions about your background information and the background information of your care receiver; your quality of life and the amount of burden you experience due to their caregiving role; and information about the memory and language difficulties of your care receiver. If this is something you would be happy to complete and feel you have the time, then follow the link below and on completion you will be in with a chance to win a £50 gift voucher for M&S.
Please see the information sheet attached for an in-depth description of the research.
Individuals will need to:
Be over 18 years of age
Have a good level of understanding written English
Care for at least one individual with memory or language difficulties
Care for an individual who is over 60 years of age
Have known the care receiver for at least 10 years
Not be a caregiver by profession
Not have a diagnosis of any cognitive disorders e.g. aphasia, autism, head trauma
Not have a diagnosis of any psychiatric disorders e.g. depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder
Not care for an individual with a diagnosis of any psychiatric disorders e.g. depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder