Emma: “We stay with the patient all night in their own home from 10pm to 8am, and we’re there to allow their family member to get some undisturbed sleep while we care for the patient overnight helping them with medication, pain management, repositioning them or helping them go to the toilet. Sometimes they just want to talk – I’ve learned so much about so many different subjects and it’s so interesting to hear their stories.
Karen: “Carers are in that role full time, 24/7, often on their own and if they can get a good quality night’s sleep then they can cope better the next day. They’re having broken night’s sleep because they’re constantly listening out or checking on their loved one, some are only getting 2 to 3 hours sleep a night. They need unbroken sleep and it’s so nice to be able to give families that.”