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Are you ‘prepared to care’?

31/05/2013

‘Prepared to care’ is the theme of this year’s carers’ week, which runs from Monday June 10 and aims to recognise and empower carers.

Scunthorpe General Hospital is getting involved to help raise awareness about what caring involves and what help is out there for carers.

The Carers’ Support Centre supports adult carers across North Lincolnshire  and will be starting Carers Week by offering information to the public at Scunthorpe General Hospital on Monday June 10. There will be a mobile information unit in the car park outside the discharge lounge at the Cliff Gardens entrance.

Everyone is welcome to drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm and pick up some information, talk to carer support staff, meet the carers’ hospital liaison or North Lincolnshire Council’s family carer team and the Stroke Association.

Carers can seek advice on emotional and practical support, such as how to balance caring with working and what services are available to help.

Bev Herron, the carers’ hospital liaison officer based at Scunthorpe General Hospital, said:

“The hospital is an ideal place for identifying carers as this is where many may start their caring role. If we help people identify themselves as carers we can support them, which can prevent any carer related health issues.”

There are 6.5 million unpaid carers across the UK and every day another 6,000 people join them in caring for someone they know. Becoming a carer can impact significantly on a person’s life –a survey for Carers Week 2012 showed that 87 per cent say that caring has had a negative impact on their mental health, including stress and depression.

Bev said:

“When people need help with day-to-day living they turn to their family and friends. Some people might not realise they could be classified as a carer. Helping a friend or relative with their personal care, helping them get dressed, getting their medication, helping them attend appointments and helping with shopping, cooking and laundry are all caring activities.

“Caring can be very rewarding but also very demanding – it needs reserves of emotional and physical energy. Preparing for this role or seeking support at the start and throughout can make a real difference.”

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