Unpaid carers from across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole are being urged not to forget to look after themselves as well as the loved one they care for.
A campaign to encourage carers to sign up for free support was launched in November 2016, entitled: “You’re looking after someone, but who’s looking after you?” in a bid to ensure carers are aware of the help available to them.
As national Young Carers Day approaches on Thursday 26 Jan, young adult carers in particular are encouraged to seek support but the service is available for any local resident who looks after a loved one and is unpaid regardless of age.
It is estimated that there are almost 83,000 unpaid carers across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole who look after a loved one, neighbour or friend. Many of those residents do not seek help or are unaware that there is a dedicated service available to them offering free information, support and advice, as well as other beneficial services.
Carers living in the area can access help from their local authority’s carers’ support service which offer services including:
- Advice and information
- Carer newsletters
- Events and activities
- Respite support
- Carer discount card
Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, Borough of Poole, said: “So often carers are so busy looking after a loved one that they forget about themselves and the impact that providing care is having on them. It’s so important that they know there is help out there, and we hope to see many of them taking advantage of the wealth of support available.”
More information about the carers’ service