14 Jun Actress Claire King talks about caring in interview
by Matthew Martino
Claire King is best known for her iconic role as Kim Tate in Emmerdale and governor Karen Betts in Bad Girls. She is currently playing Erica Holroyd in Coronation Street. But away from the screen she has also played an important role, caring for her elderly parents.
In a candid interview as part of Carers Week she shared her experiences.
Talking about her personal experiences she said “Twenty years ago my father was diagnosed with MS and my mother with rheumatoid arthritis and I started caring for them running errands, going shopping, cooking and sorting out finances.”
Talking about the strain of the role as a whole she said “The hardest part is the long hours, because it’s not a 9-5 job. My father for example needs turning over in the middle of the night, and that sort of task means disrupted sleep for the carer.”
Discussing the innovation surrounding the care sector she added “There are a lot of useful new innovations that weren’t available when I started caring for my parents”