English English
3 minutes reading time (564 words)

An employer that cares for its carers is one I care about

Did you know that every day in the UK another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility? That’s equal to more than 2 million people each year. According to Carers UK, 1.3 million people provide more than 50 hours of care per week and during the COVID-19 pandemic around 13.6 million people provided care for relatives, friends and neighbours on an unpaid basis.

I’m Gian Paolo Ansaloni, HM Land Registry’s Chief Economist, and I’m a carer.

My dad Adriano was a cycle enthusiast. I remember his stories about cycling around Lake Garda in northern Italy, with no money for food or a place to stay, carrying huge parcels for my mum – she’d made sweaters which my dad would take to the factory, 30 miles each way, twice a day.

My family and I do not know exactly when my father’s symptoms began, but by 2015 my dad had started behaving erratically, being a danger behind the wheel (or handlebars) and becoming easily irritable. Sadly, he was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease later that year.

Now, several years on, I am my dad’s second carer and it is very hard. He, my mum and sister live in Mantua in Italy and we are lucky enough to afford a live-in carer to help my mum. My sister visits several times a week, and a few times a year I go back to Italy and take over when the carer is unwell or on leave.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a cruel disease and having caring responsibilities is never easy: it imposes an extraordinary mental burden, and a physical one too. Watching the person you love get replaced by an empty shell of themselves is a pain that never ceases, no matter how much time passes.

Luckily, HM Land Registry is an extraordinary employer, very flexible about trying to meet carers’ needs. I feel so blessed. Quality of life is not (just) about the money, but the ability to be with the ones you love the most, when they need you the most.

This week is National Carers Week, and what better time to launch formally our carers' network at HM Land Registry?

The network, which is run for our people, by our people, works closely with other staff networks, Human Resources and managers to support those with caring responsibilities to:

help our carers connect to each other learn more about what caring means find out about more ways both carers and their colleagues can access support

HM Land Registry offers other support for our carers too in the form of:

flexible, part-time and job share hours available carer’s and reasonable adjustment passports access to support from our fully trained mental health first aiders access to a 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

To honour my dad and his love of cycling, I have set myself the challenge of cycling 250 miles in 30 days. I’ve already been challenged to reach 300, but one step at a time!

Find out more about the benefits of working at HM Land Registry and view our current vacancies.

We welcome your comments about this blog in the comments below. Please note that we are unable to discuss individual cases through the comments section and would request that all such queries be directed to our Contact Us web form where you will receive a response as soon as possible.

Original author: Gian Paolo Ansaloni, Chief Economist
My pride in our big family community
How To Get Ahead in a Stamp Duty Fuelled Market – ...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Saturday, 31 July 2021
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.wiggywam.co.uk/

Random Posts

06 April 2021
General
In the press
 Research from WiggyWam, the all-in-one property platform, has found that 80% of homeowners believe the process of buying a house has remained largely the same or has actually become worse during...
10 December 2020
UK Government News
ashadhodhomei/Shutterstock.com Four years ago I provided some top tips on how to overcome the teething problems involved in applying our change in practice on sending certified copies of deeds for fir...
25 August 2020
UK Government News
The Local Digital Collaboration Unit Cyber team has come to the end of a two-month discovery into cyber security at local authorities. The purpose of the discovery was to investigate how MHCLG might s...

Top Articles

29 March 2020
Experts Corner
Einstein once famously said, "The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing, over and over again, expecting a different result". Less infamous, yet still a quote by Einstein is; "The diff...
29 March 2020
Experts Corner
This guide has been compiled from years of experience in various sectors of the property industry, from estate and letting agency, surveying, property investing as well as training and mentoring many ...
16 December 2019
Latest platform updates, features, tips, tricks and tutorials to help you get the most out of WiggyWam
There are a number of providers offering virtual tours/3D modelling but the one that stands out for us is Matterport. They have been around for a while now and just get better. Mat...
No Internet Connection
0
Shares
Cron Job Starts