Caring for Carers
A carer is someone who regularly provides a substantial amount of care for example a young person under 18 looking after a parent/brother/sister, looking after a relative with a disability, the parent of a child with special needs, a friend or relative looking after an older person.
Evidence shows that it is highly likely that carers own health needs are being overlooked, mainly because they are short of time and their focus is often exclusively on the needs of the cared for person.
Carers are in an ‘at risk’ group in health terms because of the vulnerability to ailments such as back strain caused by lifting, and stress-related conditions. They frequently do not get enough sleep or rest and many are elderly themselves.
As a practice we want to support carers in their role and recognise the input they have into the life of the person they care for.
As a carer you may be entitled to a carers support needs assessment. for further information please click the link