Do you look after a friend or family member who couldn't cope without you?
Published: Wednesday, 30th May 2018
When you're caring, having the right information at the right time can make all the difference.
Once again Hounslow Council is joining up with Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to come together during Carers Week to celebrate the vital contribution made by carers living in Hounslow.
Research has shown that every year, more and more people take on a new caring role. A carer is anyone who is looking after and supporting someone – a relative, friend, or neighbour – in an unpaid capacity.
Carers can be anyone – older carers looking after a spouse, younger carers looking after a parent, or the growing number of carers who care after their ageing parents. Anyone could be a carer – a 15-year-old girl looking after a parent with an alcohol problem, a 40-year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer, or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer's disease.
Many people struggle to understand the range of services and support available and often miss out on financial and practical support as a result. Even those who have been caring for years aren’t aware of all their entitlements. While carers usually wouldn't have it any other way, it is a difficult role and it can take its toll on your personal and emotional wellbeing, your social life and also education, employment and training.
Councillor Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member of Adults, Social Care and Health, Hounslow Council said:
“Carers Week is a great way to celebrate the vital contribution carers make to our families and communities. Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time, caring can also have a huge impact on a carer's emotional and physical health.
“We want to let carers know where to get help, we want every carer to know where to turn for advice, information and support, whether in their local community or even on-line.”
This week will see various services raising awareness of caring in communities across the borough, including a drop in session specifically for carers of all ages;
Age UK Hounslow, Southville Community Centre, Southville Road, Feltham TW14 8AP on Thursday 14 June, from 10.30-3.30pm
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your space please register at https://hounslowcarers.eventbrite.co.uk
The theme this year is helping carers to stay Healthy and Connected. Presentations at this event include;
- Improving your nutrition
- A local GP speaking on the impact caring has on health
- The difference between Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and Deputyship
- Supporting carers without access to the internet
There will also be a host of workshops including;
- Health checks
- smoothie making workshop
- Breathing for relaxation
- Visualisation to relax
- Changes in Benefits – ESA, DLA and PIP
- Mindfulness taster session
- Having difficult conversations with the person you care for
- Mind-body wellbeing techniques (EFT)
- Laughter therapy
As well as staff from the council and the CCG, there will be representatives from Age UK Hounslow, Careplace and our social care teams amongst others. We are here to help and there is a huge range of fun, useful and important opportunities on offer and we urge people to get involved.
To find out more about carers week or to make a referral, contact 020 8583 3100 or visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/carerssupport for more information.