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Carers’ Questionnaire

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1.      What is the hardest part of being a Carer?

 

    What one thing would be of most benefit to you to help you as a Carer?

 

 3.      What main bit of support would you like to see put in place for Carers?

   

Please make your returns to Isobel Murray by ‘phoning m 07907595962, by leaving your answers on our comments page of the website,  by post to 50 Tower Street, Golspie KW10 6SB or by email to isobelesccf@yahoo.co.uk



CARERS' INFORMATION

Caring for a loved family member parent, partner or child is a task undertaken by 1 in 8 of the population. It is a role with very little respite and the health and sense of well-being of Carers often declines. 

The Forum seeks to contact Carers to find out what support would make a difference to their lives and advise them of what help and benefits they might receive. We hope to organise drop-in sessions for Carers allowing them to meet for a chat, have some relaxation therapy and obtain up to date information. 

A Carer is someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day-to-day life. This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally or through a voluntary organisation.  Carers sometimes take on physical tasks, such as lifting and carrying, which can cause long-term health problems. Others can find that the stress of the role can lead to depression or other mental health problems. In some cases, safety can be an issue; for instance, because of the behaviour of the person they look after.

If you provide care and support to an adult friend or family member, you may be eligible for support from your local council. This support could include being offered money to pay for things that make caring easier. Or the local authority might offer practical support, such as arranging for someone to step in when you need a short break.Local authorities now have a legal duty to assess any Carer who requests one or who appears to need support.

Another option of support could be through periods of respite care.  This could be someone coming in for  just a morning or afternoon to let you have time to yourself or it could be for a full one or two week's residential respite arranged through social care.  It is important for a Carer to recognise that this kind of help is beneficial to their own health and should not be seen as the carer not being able to cope. Indeed this supportive help enables the Carer continue  to give their care for a much longer period of time.

Some of the things you might need help with include:
  • Support to ensure you’re able to attend any medical appointments.
  • Support if you need to go into hospital for an operation (including recovery after surgery) that you might have been putting off because of your caring commitment.
  • Training for you, such as safely lifting.
  • A Carer's assessment should also look at your own interests and commitments to see if and how they are disrupted by your role as a Carer. If they are disrupted, a social worker could discuss with you whether some support could improve matters for you. The assessment could be done face-to-face, over the telephone or online. The council will use the assessment to identify your support needs, and to discuss how these could be met.
  • The Care Act 2014 sets out Carers' legal rights to assessment and support. It came into force in April 2015.

If you feel you could benefit from a little help in some way, either to get out for time to yourself, you need a listening ear occasionally or regularly, or even if you would like company yourself to go out shopping or to a social event, then please get in touch to find out more about our Friends at Home Service which can offer you this  free, confidential support.  Would you benefit from receiving a regular Newsletter with information based on Carers needs or from regular meetings with other local Carers?

To find out more contact Isobel Murray, Development Worker on 07907595962 or email isobelesccf@yahoo.co.uk


The Carers Direct helpline (0300 123 1053) offers confidential information and advice for carers.
Connecting Carers  Tel: 01463 723560  carers@hccf.org.uk    www.connectingcarers.org.uk

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