Caring for Carers

  |  Published: Oct 20th 2016

Did you know that unpaid carers in Buckinghamshire save the UK economy £839 million through the care and support they provide to family or loved ones? 

Nationally carers are saving the state in the region of £132 billion a year.  These staggering figures were recently released from a report by the national charity Carers UK and show the vital role carers play and why we need to care for them too..

Carers Rights Day (Friday 25th November) brings unpaid carers, support charities and local communities together to help carers understand their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to.  Aylesbury based charity Carers Bucks (which currently supports over 8500 unpaid carers), is working with Buckinghamshire County Council to help improve the lives of people who provide unpaid care for a relative, partner, friend or neighbour.   

This year, Carers Rights Day Carers Bucks will host an Open Day at its Aylesbury offices (10.30am -2.30pm, Friday 25th November). A team of support staff will be on hand to offer advice and information, as well as answering any questions you might have about being a carer. The Open Day will include some pampering treatments for carers such as massage and nail painting to giving them a relaxing break from their caring roles.

For more information on Carers Rights Day call Carers Bucks on 0300 777 2722 or visit www.carersbucks.org.

Becoming a carer can happen to anyone and at any age, and three in five of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. However many people don’t identify themselves as a carer, but just a wife, husband, son, daughter or friend doing their duty.  Whether you are new to caring or not, it is important that you get the right advice and support you need to stay fit, healthy and fulfilled. You can do this by registering as a carer with your GP and Carers Bucks.  Make it your first job the next time you are at the doctors surgery (just tell the receptionist who will mark you notes) or call or visit Carers Bucks on 0300 777 2722.

Five things all carers need to know:

  1. Caring can impact on your physical and mental health. Looking after yourself may be hard - but it is important to eat, sleep and be physically well. Make sure you register yourself as a Carer with your GP.
  2. Being a Carer can sometimes mean that you cannot work or do other things you want to do. You might be able to get information about how you can get a break or get onto training or financial help.
  3. If you are working Carers have rights at work. It helps to know what your employer’s obligations are just in case they aren’t supportive.
  4. Caring can be isolating, but you’re not alone. There are many support groups available for you and the person you care for. Carers Bucks runs over 18 support groups for carers across Bucks, visit www.carersbucks.org to find further details about a group near you.
  5. You have a legal right to a Carer’s Assessment. It sounds like a test, but it’s just a chat with an advisor to find the best support for you and the person you care for. Contact Carers Bucks for further information on Carers Assessments.

To find out more information about Carers Bucks call 0300 777 2722 (local rate), email mail@carersbucks.org or visit www.carersbucks.org

Carer Velda and her husband Chris from Aylesbury are being supported by Carers Bucks older carers’ scheme.
Carer Velda and her husband Chris from Aylesbury are being supported by Carers Bucks older carers’ scheme.
Carers Bucks’ Autumn Ball which raised over £3000 in October 2016
Carers Bucks’ Autumn Ball which raised over £3000 in October 2016
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