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Patient Voices: Sheffield Carers’ Voices 2

 

Sheffield Carers’ Voices 2

These stories are told by carers from across the community in Sheffield. They show the range of challenges faced by carers as they deal with systems, conditions, and processes, while always trying to support and care for those they love. These stories were created in a Patient Voices Reflective digital storytelling workshop in March, 2011, sponsored by Sheffield City Council.


The day the singing stopped…
Sue’s home is full of laughter, singing and dancing. Then, one day, the singing stops.

I never ask ‘Why me?’
Accessing services is made more difficult for carers when they face barriers of language and culture. These can make it difficult to understand what support is available and to access those support services. Helen’s determination to identify and engage with services that can support her in caring for her husband eventually pays off – for both her and her husband.

I never ask ‘Why me?’ (Cantonese)
This is the Cantonese version of Helen’s story. Accessing services is made more difficult for carers when they face barriers of language and culture. These can make it difficult to understand what support is available and to access those support services. Helen’s determination to identify and engage with services that can support her in caring for her husband eventually pays off – for both her and her husband.

What do you say?
Finola cares for her husband, who was an academic, a writer, a sportsman, and a loving partner. Those parts of his life have now been lost to stroke. Now, Finola even has to speak for him – but what should she say?

What can I get for you?
Ilsthar’s sister Zenib has severe learning difficulties. She, and her family, are aware of how she could be best and most effectively cared for, but it requires an imaginative approach by those who commission her care…

Six phrases of Urdu
Shahid’s family and community have a strong tradition of providing support and care for family members. His colleagues in the NHS are making efforts to engage and connect with the Pakistani community, but an incident during his mother’s care suggests one more simple skill professionals could learn…

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