Short term respite for Carers
NEW PILOT TO SUPPORT CARERS ACROSS NORTH WALES
The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has commissioned Crossroads Care North Wales to deliver a new support service for carers.
The pilot project will cover all North Wales providing practical and emotional support to carers in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.
If a carer is experiencing a short term health need, they will now be able to access up to a total of 12 weeks respite support (over a 12month period) in their home to help them carry on with their caring role. ‘Health needs’ can be wide ranging and include:
- Common Cold/Flu
- Long-term conditions
- Support to help carers after they’ve undergone an operation
- Support to enable carers to attend hospital appointments
- Support to enable carers to attend clinical treatments
The service is available to carers of all ages including parent carers. Crossroads Care North Wales is registered to provide support (including personal care) to both adults and children.
Crossroads Care North Wales General Manager Alison Jones said:
‘We are so pleased to be involved in this essential service for carers. It will help carers maintain their own health and wellbeing at a time when they most need it. We look forward to working with the BCUHB to deliver this worthwhile new project.
We recently helped a carer to attend an important hospital appointment. If the project had not been available, this carer would have been unable to go as she cannot leave her husband on his own.
Our Carer Support Workers are highly trained and are sensitive to the emotional pressures of caring, and we build strong and trusted relationships. Unpaid carers save the economy an estimated £7.7 billion in Wales, and it is a real struggle for them to carry on with their caring role when they experience ill health themselves.
We urge any carers who feel that they can benefit from this service to contact either their local surgery, district nurses or discharge team, or indeed any health professional so a referral can be made’.
For further information:
Telephone 01492 516435, email: firstname.lastname@example.org