A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
Some carers receive Carers Allowance but this is not payment for their caring work but recognition of the extra costs associated with being a carer. Carers can be: partners; parents of children with additional health needs; elderly carers; young carers; family members; neighbours. Some employees of the Trust will also be carers. A carer does not have to be living with the person they care for and a carer can care for more than one person.
Care can be provided in many different ways and includes practical help, physical support, supervision, emotional support and advocacy. Carers can provide regular and substantial or a limited amount of care.
If you are supporting someone who is using Trust services, tell a member of staff that you are a carer. The Trust recognises that carers provide important support to its patients and acknowledges that carers themselves need support to ensure their physical and mental health and wellbeing does not suffer because of their caring role. 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 Would like to Hear Your Feedback
We are continually trying to gain feedback from patients, relatives and carers. The information we gather helps us to learn and continually improve services.
Please could you take the time to complete this short questionnaire to help us as a Trust ensure that we are identifying and supporting carers? Click Here