The local NHS in West Lancashire is calling on carers to be aware of what help and support is available to them, as part of National Carers Week (9 – 15 June).
West Lancashire has one of the highest numbers of carers in the county, with figures showing over 13,000 unpaid carers providing day-to-day support for friends and family with various health conditions.
Carers provide help with things such as washing, dressing, housework, money and taking medicines.
Amanda Maddocks, service redesign officer who is the lead for carers for NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Looking after each other and helping those in need of support is something that we don’t think twice about. Those who provide care don’t always see themselves as carers and often put their own lives to one side to make sure their loved ones can cope with various health conditions.
“It’s vital that carers are aware of what options are available to them and use this week to find out more about what support they can get. Carers are a hugely important asset to the NHS and help towards a more effective use of our resources.”
The awareness campaign encourages cares to take ten simple steps:
• Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
• Find out more about the condition and treatments/medication.
• Think about your finances.
• Talk to your employer.
• Find out about available support.
• Find a balance.
• The best laid plans – planning for emergencies.
• Make time for you.
• Talk to other carers.
• Be prepared for change.
There are 6.5million carers in the UK with 6,000 people taking on new caring responsibilities every day. One in nine people will combine their caring responsibilities with work.
The West Lancashire Carers Centre have organised a series of events during the week. To find out more about the events, please contact the centre on 01695 711243.
• Tuesday 10th June – Trip to Liverpool
• Wednesday 11th June — Mad Hatters Tea Party
• Thursday 12th June — Central Lancashire Conference
West Lancashire CCG has a dedicated webpage for carers, click here to find out more.