Carers

 

8-14 June 2020 

Click on the Carers Week logo above to find out more 


Carers Week: 8 – 14 June 2020

Carer’s Week – 8-14 June 2020 – is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

Around 6.5 million people in the UK are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but sometimes carers find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring. The impact of caring on health and wellbeing should not be underestimated. 

This year we will be running a range of events and LIVE discussions – some of these are outlined in the poster below – click on the carers week logo at the top of the page to go to the Northamptonshire Carers website and find out more or get involved. 

 


 

Who is a Carer?

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to members of their family or friends who are unable to manage without this help.  This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail disabled or who has mental health or substance misuse problems.

A carer often has to juggle their paid work with their responsibility for caring for someone at home.  The term ‘carer’ refers to someone who is unpaid.  A carer is different to a care worker or a care assistant whose job it is to look after a person or people for which they are paid.

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to members of their family or friends who are unable to manage without this help.

As a practice Towcester Medical Centre is taking positive steps towards the aim of supporting carers.

To this end we have produced a Carer’s Pack which contains information about services and help available for carers in our local area.  If you do not already have one of these packs please contact Della Hughes, our Carers Champion at the surgery who will send one out to you. She can also refer you to the Northamptonshire Carers Organisation, who may offer further assistance.

If you are a carer for someone please let us know so that we can make a note of this on your records.

Support is available for carers through local Carer’s Centres.  Carer’s  Centres offer a wide range of local services to help make the lives of carers in their local community easier.  The services can be for the carer themselves or for the person they are caring for.

Everyone’s needs are different and Carer’s Centres are able assist with a wide range of issues including health, benefits, entitlements, mobility grants etc.

In order to find out more about our local Carer’s Centres please clink on the following link Northamptonshire Carers

There is also a wealth of information available giving advice and support for people who care for others. Below are few suggested links to web sites that may be of interest to anyone who is a carer, but there are many more on-line.

The Carers Trust

Carers Allowance

NHS UK – Social Care and Support for Carers