Do you need help look after a relative, neighbour or friend? Perhaps you look after your husband, wife, partner, a parent, or child if they are sick or disabled?
You may not be the only person who helps to care, but if you offer necessary help, and are not employed to provide care, then you are a carer.
Information for carers
You may find the information for carers factsheet helpful.
Opportunity to take part in care home focus groups
The council is working with The Social Care Institute for Excellence, a national social care charity, to review what is working well with care homes in Staffordshire and what could be improved. They are very interested in hearing from any local carers who have experience of looking after family or friends who have spent time in a care home and have views to share.
They will be running a focus group at the Council (1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford, ST16 2DH) on Tuesday 25th June from 10am - 12pm which you are very welcome to attend. Travel costs will be covered for you and refreshments will be provided.
If you are interested in taking part, please contact Rachel Lewis, project manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07557 389 466 to reserve your space at the focus group.
If you are interested in taking part but are not available on 25th June, please contact Rachel to find out about other ways you can get involved.
Carer's Week 2019
Carer's Week 2019 runs from 10 to 16 June. The Carer's Hub has a whole host of activities to celebrate and help carers, so take a look at their website to see what's happening in your area.
Online support and tools
We’ve teamed up with Carers UK to give carers in our area access to a wide range of digital tools and essential resources that may help make their caring situation easier.
There are also number of other online tools and sites that you as a carer can use for support and to manage your time when caring for others.
- Jointly is an app that makes caring for someone a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised. Use this code to get free access to the Jointly app: DGTL9462
- Rally Round for a loved one. Coordinate help for a relative who needs more practical support. Invite family and friends and organise jobs and helpers.
- Health Fabric has a number of features which helps to manage personalised, preventative healthcare.
- Learn My Way A variety of courses are available from an introduction to going online from setting up an email account.
- About me: building resilience for carers. An e-learning resource that helps carers identify and build networks of support and promotes their self-care.
See the equipment and technology pages for information about what and where to buy different products that can assist you with your caring role.
If you are looking for information about how improve your digital skills so you can make the most of the digital technology that is available, see our getting online page for further information.
Other useful organisations
- The Carers Hub. A comprehensive support service for carers of all ages (including Young Carers aged 5 – 18) in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. A dedicated team can support carers with a wide range of information, advice and guidance, peer support, activities and more. They can also provide an assessment for carers who need one. Telephone: 0330 123 1937 or Email: email@example.com
- Approach provide a carers group café for people who care for someone with dementia or a mental health issue, they also provide training if you are a carer. Approach cover: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle. Phone: 01782 214999
- The Carers Association (CASS) can provide support across: Stafford, Lichfield, Tamworth, South Staffordshire, East Staffordshire and Cannock. Phone: 01785 222365
- Carers UK
- Carers Trust
- Alzheimer's Society - caring for a person with Dementia
- Carers Direct - call 0300 123 1053 if you need help with your caring role and want to talk to someone about what options are available to you.
Respite care / carers breaks
Everyone deserves time out. You may care for a relative or are in need of care yourself. Taking a break from your usual routine can do the world of good.
As a carer you need to know that if something unexpected happens, replacement care will be in place quickly.
Having a plan in place can help ease your worries should you suddenly become unavailable to care for the person you care for.
In order to create an emergency plan that fits your needs, you will need to consider:
- Details of the name and address and any other contact details of the person you look after.
- Who you and the person you look after would like to be contacted in an emergency – this might include friends, family or professionals.
- Details of any medication the person you look after is taking.
- Details of any ongoing treatment they need.
We provide a comprehensive support service for carers called the Carers Hub. Here, a dedicated team can help you in all manner of ways when it comes to your caring role and your own health and wellbeing.
In addition to this, the Carers Hub can also support you in producing an emergency plan. If you haven’t already - contact them today:
Phone: 0330 123 1937
View the carershub website