Carer Support Services
Pam Clark-Carer Support Adviser
Carer Support Services available at Davenal House and Stoke Prior Surgeries- ARE YOU A HIDDEN CARER?
Davenal House and Stoke Prior Surgeries with the support of Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned this new service. Davenal House and Stoke Prior Surgeries & Worcestershire Association of Carers are leading the way by introducing this service dedicated to the support of carers. Carers can make an appointment with Pam Clark, the GP Carer Support Adviser, who will be giving 1 to 1 support to carers within our practice and also making home visits for those who are currently unable to leave the person they ca re for on their own. The support service is designed to reach out to carers, telling them about the support available to them and looking at numerous issues including social isolation, accessing correct benefits, respite care etc.
Would you be surprised to know that throughout the UK approximately six thousand new people per day are identified as carers? These are unpaid people who support a relative, friend or neighbour who, through ill health, frailty or disability, mental health or addiction are no longer able to care for themselves. Often called 'hidden carers', research shows that approximately 65% of people with a caring responsibility did not see themselves as a carer in the first year of caring and for a third of them it took over five years before they recognised they were a carer. Twice as likely to suffer ill health as those who do not have caring responsibilities, people who provide high levels of care can ultimately find their own needs are neglected with the demands often affecting their career, finances and relationships, thus having a detrimental effect on both their physical and emotional wellbeing.
You could be a hidden carer. Why not take advantage of this new service? To make an appointment please contact the surgery and ask for a referral to Pam Clark, the Carer Support Adviser.