‘You are not alone’ - message to county’s ‘hidden’ carers

Carer Barry Sedgwick.
Carer Barry Sedgwick.

“You are not alone” - that is the message from a carer who is urging the ‘hidden’ carers of the East Riding to come forward and get the help and support that is available.

Barry Sedgwick, 63, from Market Weighton, has described his life as being like a “living hell” in the years following his wife Nancy’s diagnosis with early onset dementia in her mid 50s.

Now aged 67 and living with alzheimer’s, Nancy needs around the clock care but Barry says he has learnt to cope with her condition and the huge impact it has had on their lives thanks to the help and support he has received as a carer. His message to others who may be in a similar situation is “don’t do it alone.”

He said: “Get help and support. Learn as much as you can, not only about your loved ones’ condition, but about what help and support is available to you as a carer.”

There are around 3,700 registered carers in the East Riding but an estimated 38,000 unregistered ‘hidden’ carers living in the region who are still effectively ‘under the radar’. Barry would like to see some of these ‘hidden’ carers who feel they need help, advice or support to come forward.

For information about the East Riding Carers Support Service, call 0800 917 6844.