Who cares?! Encouraging Warwickshire carers to access support

This week is Carers Week 2019, bringing us an opportunity to raise awareness of the different services on offer in Warwickshire to help make carers’ lives a little bit easier.

Unfortunately many people do not realise that they are carers, while many who do realise are unaware that there is support available for them.

With 108,000 of Warwickshire residents registered with their GP as having some form of caring responsibility and the true number likely to be higher, it is vital that we ensure carers can access the support they need to retain their own independence and wellbeing.

Carers Week is a national event that takes place each year to both celebrate the vital work carers do to support people in our communities, and to raise awareness of the help that is available for them.

Carers Week is about building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with health and wellbeing needs of their own.

Caring for a loved one can be something that affects people’s lives every day. The Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service provides carers with emotional and practical support they can access in person, over the phone, or via Skype or FaceTime. It’s a fantastic resource and all carers are being urged to reach out and see what the service could help them with.

Carers are a socially and demographically diverse group, and as the demand for care is projected to grow, people are increasingly likely to become providers of care at some point in their lives.

To find out more information about Warwickshire County Council’s support for carers in Warwickshire, go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carers.

One of the services launched in Warwickshire recently is CRESS, which offers emergency and planned support for carers in Warwickshire.

Many carers say that, due to their caring commitments, they feel unable to attend GP or hospital appointments and often lose contact with wider family and friends, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

The Warwickshire CRESS team are able to offer emergency and planned cover to help support carers to ensure that their health and wellbeing needs are met.

The service is available at short notice to carers who need emergency cover which could prevent a crisis occurring and relief for carers who want to ensure that they maintain relationships and have a life outside of caring.

The Warwickshire CRESS team can be contacted by email at warwickshirecress@carerstrusthofe.org.uk or telephone 02476 258816 ext 403.

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