Are you able to recognise a carer? Are you a carer yourself?
Many people do not identify that they are a carer.
Do you look after someone?
A carer looks after a family member, friend, partner or neighbour who needs support due to illness, disability or old age. The help carers give is unpaid, though you may still receive Carer’s Allowance or other benefits. You do not have to care full time, receive Carer’s Allowance or live with the person you care for to be a carer.
If you fit the above criteria, you are a Carer.
Carer support videos can be accessed here.
Our commitment to carers
The Trust recognises how important carers are and value their input.
As part of the Patient Experience team commitment to carers, we are working to improve our services regarding how we identify, support and recognise the value of a carer. This will involve collaborating with Devon Carers and other organisations to meet objectives in the NHS Long Term Plan.
If you are a carer and would like to provide us valuable feedback to help us shape our future service please complete the Carers survey here.
We have recently revised our carers policy which is available here .
Devon Carers are available to provide support and advice to all carers. You can contact them on 03456 434 435 for access to the universal free services including carers’ newsletter, the Alert Care and local support groups. They are able to arrange a full assessment of your needs.
Advice and information can be accessed via their website here.
There are Devon Carers information leaflets available at the PALS office, Level 2, NDDH
Are you a young carer?
Devon Young Carers also work with young people aged 4-18 who help look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs and alcohol. They work to make sure that young carers are supported through their service and others, which can include specialist advice, access to respite opportunities and 1:1 support.
For more information please go to their website here.
John’s campaign supports the right of carers and family to stay with patients with dementia in hospital.
It was founded after the death of Dr John Gerrard in November 2014, by his daughter Nicci. She believes her father, who had Alzheimer’s, would have benefited greatly if she had been able to stay with him during his time in hospital.
Nicci now campaigns for the rights of carers of patients with dementia and similar conditions to stay with their loved ones, and be involved with their care if they would like to be.
For more information on John’s Campaign please click here.