BAPEN is proud to be supporting Carers Week which is taking place 7-11th June. Carers Week seeks to raise awareness of the role of unpaid carers in our society, highlighting the challenges they face and recognising the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This year, the theme is Making Caring Visible and Valued. Both recognising and congratulating the efforts of carers is so important, and their dedication particularly during the pandemic has been truly commendable. With 6.4 million people who are carers in the UK, BAPEN appreciates the difference they make.

Caring has a strong link to nutrition, as carers often help those they are looking after during mealtimes. It is important that carers understand the unique nutritional needs of individuals, particularly those that are vulnerable. If you are a carer and are concerned that someone you look after may be at risk of malnutrition, BAPEN has developed a Self-Screening Tool designed to identify those living in the community at risk of malnutrition. To find out more visit this page of our website.

BAPEN President Dr Trevor Smith said, “BAPEN supports Carers Week and the call to applaud carers for their huge contribution to so many peoples’ lives up and down the country. Carers can have an important impact on the nutritional well-being of the people they look after, and I would encourage carers to consider this so that they can provide the best possible care. It is also important not to overlook the nutritional needs of carers themselves.”

Check out @CarersWeek and use the hashtag #CarersWeek on Twitter to show your support and join conversations. To find out more information, visit https://www.carersweek.org/.