Dot Branning has been caring for her husband Jim for years, but it was last night that Eastenders showed us what caring can be like. This moving episode focussed squarely on Dot as she realises that even the most seemingly simple thing, such as getting golden syrup for pudding, is beyond her reach. It is those every day things, which we all take for granted, that can seem like an insurmountable obstacles to a carer. Whether it is cooking dinner or just getting a full night’s sleep, caring for another person isn’t easy.
soundinnovation spoke to Ian, who cares for his wife and his mother, both suffering from early dementia, he told us the challenges he faces and why breaks for carers are needed: