We all know about the hard work carers do – both voluntary and professional.
To recognise their efforts, and to raise awareness of the support out there for carers, Carers Week takes place from Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15 – and we’re taking part.
One thing we really want to do this Carers Week is to get in touch with those people who might provide a huge amount of care, but not think of themselves as carers – and who might find the pressure of their caring role getting to them.
Sometimes, carers find themselves facing a lot of stress, and given the amount of focus and hard work they put into someone else’s wellbeing, sometimes they forget to take care of themselves.
And that can lead to a point which helps neither them nor the person in their care.
If you care for someone, and if you feel things are getting difficult, we want to be able to help you.
Let us help you
We always want to help people as early as possible, and help them remain independent for as long as possible.
And part of that is helping the helpers.
We want to be able to provide them with the support they need, so rather than them coming under lots of pressure, our Adult Social Care department can step in and help out.
And in the long run, that can help someone stay in their home and retain their independence, rather than having to go into more formal care arrangements.
Carers’ needs assessment
With that in mind, we’re asking carers who might feel under pressure – or think they could do so soon -to get in touch with us for a carers’ needs assessment.
These give us a chance to take a look the level of care such people provide, and whether or not there’s any support we can give them.
If you think you provide the sort of care detailed above, why not consider getting in touch with us for a carers’ needs assessment?
After all, there’s no better time than Carers Week!
For more information on carers needs assessments, contact the Adult Social Care department on (01978) 318812.
“More than one in ten people are unpaid carers”
Cllr Joan Lowe, Lead Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Carers do some amazing work, and sometimes they don’t even consider themselves carers.
“Going off the 2011 Census, more than 15,000 people – about 11 per cent of the total population of Wrexham – identify themselves as providing unpaid care. That’s about one in ten of all the people of Wrexham.
“And if they feel their wellbeing might be suffering as a result of them burning out due to caring, we want to be able to help them.
“If anyone feels they’re in that sort of position, I’d encourage them to get in touch with us for a carers’ needs assessment.
“Even if it’s just a few hours a week, that’s a crucial layer of support which will help keep someone independent, and we want to help keep that layer strong.”
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