How we support carers, families and friends
We recognise and value the vital role that carers play in the health and well-being of the people they care for.
We are committed to ensuring that carers receive appropriate advice and information as well as supporting their own health and wellbeing.
If Trust staff know you are a carer they will signpost you to support and involve you in the care of the person you support, with their consent.
We work in partnership with Worcestershire Association of Carers who offer information, advice, support and training to carers. Please visit https://www.carersworcs.org.uk/
We also recognise that carers can give valuable information on patients' conditions, needs and wishes. They may wish to help with inpatient care and may be involved with the patient's care after discharge.
Our Community Hospital Wards are also signed up to John’s Campaign and have adopted the principles. We have an open visiting culture; supporting carer access to the hospital outside of normal visiting hours, enabling them to be with the person with dementia when they may be stressed, anxious, upset or lonely.
Admiral Nurses – Supporting carers of people with dementia.
Admiral Nurses specialise in dementia care and the main focus of their work is supporting the carers of people with dementia. If you would like more information about this service, or if you are accessing the service currently and wish to speak to a member of staff, please call 01386 502032. Please note this is not a crisis or out of hours service.
Some useful resources:
- Alzheimer’s society - www.alzheimers.org.uk (0300 222 11 22)
- Age UK which include Dementia Advisors - www.ageuk.org.uk
- Worcestershire Association of Carers - www.carersworcs.org.uk
- Admiral Nursing - www.dementiauk.org/what-we-do/admiral-nurses or 0845 257 9406 (Mon – Fri 9.15am – 4.45pm)
- Citizens Advice Bureau - www.citizenadvice.org.uk
- Carers UK - www.carersuk.org.uk
- NHS website - www.nhs.uk/carersdirect