We asked attendees at the ALLIANCE’s Concert for Caring this month what caring meant to them. Read what they told us below.
The most common feelings expressed were love, kindness and selflessness.
People care as a result of a sense of duty, family ties and wanting the best for their loved ones. But also from compassion and a desire to give back to society.
The rewards of caring are reciprocal. Carers told us that caring brings out the best in themselves as well as their loved ones, making them feel valued and needed.
There are obviously difficulties too – with carers mentioning the struggles of isolation, of very hard work, of no union, no wages and no respite.
However, the reason they carry on caring, despite these struggles, may have been summed up best in a two-word response we received to our question;
What does caring mean to you? A lot.
Here are a few other comments we received:
- Unconditional love. Wishing happiness and a good future life for the person you care for.
- Bringing out the good in each other.
- Being there for the everyday things that make life special.
- Showing kindness, love and fun to those who need it most!
- To love one another.
- Wanting the best for someone you love.
- Looking after the ones I love.
- It means love, compassion and having patience.
- Family, love and care.
- One day you could need the care xx.
- Looking after your loved one. I cared for my Nan x.
- Giving people a future and a chance to be equal and active citizens, with a say in their care and support.
- Helping someone with your time, energy and care.
- Looking after people and thinking about others.
- Hard work, isolation. No time for me.
- 24 hour work. No union, no wager. No Respite.
- To help someone who needs help.
- Making sure the person I am caring for has everything they need and have love and support.
- It is giving everything that someone needs.
- Giving back to society. Positive impact on patients, carers and family 😊.
- Very hard work but you wouldn’t have it any other way.
- Hard work. No time for myself. No decent medical help.
- Enhancing someone else’s quality of life.
- I make a valuable contribution. I feel valued and needed.
- Being able to offer comfort and compassion to people when they need it. Deliver care with kindness.
- Great empathy and understanding. Love.
- A lot.