The Carers Health Team is funded by the Big lottery to support carers in any aspect of their health
We provide Advice and Information on health matters, for example:
- Help to access information about the carer’s health or the health of the person they care for, such as looking for information on a suitable diet for a carer with arthritis.
- To assist carers to access relevant healthcare if they are having problems doing so. For example finding an NHS dentist or getting an appointment with a dietician etc.
- Signposting carers to relevant local support groups that could offer them social and practical support in their caring role.
- Supporting carers to make an appropriate complaint about health services.
If you are unable to leave the person you look after, or if your own health issues prevent you leaving the house, our Outreach Worker can meet with you at home. If you are housebound and would like support to maintain or improve your own health then please contact us to discuss how we can help you and to arrange a visit.
Examples of what we can offer are:
- Support and help to exercise at home
- Loan of exercise equipment & DVDs
- Support to ensure you are receiving appropriate services
We also provide a range of Health Activities in a termly programme. Activities have included:
- Walking group
- Tai chi
- Men's exercise group
- Chair based exercise
- Shape up weight control programme
… and … Training Workshops on topics such as:
- first aid for carers
- safe handling and lifting
- healthy eating and diet
- mental and emotional well being
- herbs for health
- planning for the future
- autism and diet
- food hygiene
- supporting your child through transition
- jewellery making
- budgeting and dealing with debt
Which have contributed to the well being of our carers. We always welcome suggestions of new topics.
We have produced the following information available to any carer on request:
- Bereavement Pack for Carers
- Self Help and Relaxation Tips for Carers
- GP Staff: Carers Awareness Raising Project
- Have you been recognised?