"According to Carers UK 6.5 million people in the UK are carers and this number continues to rise. Every year over 2.1 million adults become carers and 1.4 million people provide over 50 hours of unpaid care per week."
The 2011 Census on Provision of Unpaid Care for local authorities in England and Wales reports that 49,836 people in Lancashire provide care to another person for 20 hours or more a week. Approximately 65% of this number provides unpaid care for 50 hours or more a week. Many people act as carers without even thinking about the role they perform or the support they may be able to tap into.
Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, older or disabled family member, friend or partner. It could be a few hours a week or round the clock, in your own home or down the motorway.
It is estimated that we will see a 40% rise in the number of carers needed by 2037 – an extra 2.6 million carers, meaning the carer population in the UK will reach 9 million. Carers are not a static population and each year millions of people take on caring responsibilities whilst caring comes to an end for millions of other carers as the person they care for recovers, moves into residential care or passes away.
Almost 4 million of the UK’s
carers care for 1-19 hours each week. But the numbers caring round the clock,
for 50 or more hours or more each week, are rising faster than the general
carer population - an increase of 25% in the last ten years compared to an 11%
rise in the total number of carers.
However the impact of caring is
not just dictated by the number of hours of care provided. If you are working
full-time, combining caring with looking after young children, or having to travel
long distances to provide care, then even having to provide a few hours of care
a week can have a serious impact on your life.
The vast majority of care is
provided by family and friends, who make up the UK’s 6.5 million carers. Social
services and the NHS rely on carers’ willingness and ability to provide care
and without it they would collapse.
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Reena registered with the Carers Service Lancashire service in September 2015. Reena cares for both her daughter, who is diagnosed with a mental health condition, and her son, who has a profound learning disability. Her caring role involves providing emotional support to her daughter and substantial physical support to her son, including personal care, dressing and moving and handling. Reena’s first spoken language is Gujarati.
We were able to support Reena in Gujarati by matching her to one of our specialist BME Carers Support Workers.
Reena had limited support and was at risk of becoming increasingly isolated. Reena wished to continue caring for her daughter and son but recognised she needed support as her health and wellbeing was deteriorating.
How we supported Reena
We supported Reena to:
• Complete a Carers Assessment. This resulted in Reena securing a Carers Personal Budget which she used to go on holiday to recharge her batteries to support her in her caring role long term
• Access respite through Lancashire County Council (LCC) allowing her to take a short break from her caring role
• Attend the Asian Carers Forum’s to access information relevant to her caring role and shape support available for carers
• Attend our Gujarati Carers Coffee and Chat Support Groups to get peer support
As a result of accessing our service Reena reported-
• increased awareness of services that could support her in her caring role
• feeling more recognised in her role as a Carer by other agencies, and this was having a positive impact on her health and wellbeing.
• A 90% increase in the amount of respite she received from her caring role. Formal respite was something she had never been aware of before or received.
Reena says, “I feel my confidence has been regained through accessing n-compass Carers’ Services. I am reassured knowing there are Carers Support Workers who know my family circumstances and can provide continuity of support”.
We support often hard pressed carers to reduce the impact of their caring role through providing information along with one to one and group support including.
- Carers Assessment and reviews. We can support you, in accordance with Care Act (2014), to undertake a carers assessment to identify the impact your caring role may be having on your physical and emotional health and wellbeing, whether you are willing and able to continue in your caring role and, if so, what support is needed for you to do this. We will help you to create a plan of how to put this support in place. We will also assess whether you are eligible for a carers personal budget to spend against your plan
- Peace of Mind for Carers contingency plan. We can support you to create a contingency care and support plan which can be activated and provided to the person you care for in the event you are unable to carry out your caring role in an emergency.
-Access to our Sitting in Service where a volunteer is matched with the person you care for to provide you with a short break from your caring role
-Regular coffee and chat meetings with other Carers
- Access to a 24 hour CHAT Line which is manned by Carers that have volunteered to provide a listening ear to other Carers.
The Carers’ Hub Rochdale
The Carers’ Hub Rochdale
The Carers’ Hub Rochdale provides a single point of access for all Carers including both young and adult Carers in the borough. The Hub exists to ensure that Carers of all ages have access to information, advice and a wide range of support services. These support services are designed to help Carers continue in their caring role for as long as they choose and to reduce the impact the caring role can have on a Carers own health and wellbeing. Support can include-
- Support from a dedicated Carers support worker specialised in fields such as young Carers support, mental health, dementia and ethnicity for example. A dedicated Carers support worker will get to know you and understand your needs as a Carer. They will also work with you to create a support plan to meet your individual needs. This could include;
- 1-2-1 or group based support
- Peer support
- Support to take a break including access to a volunteer sitting in service where a volunteer is matched with the person you care for to provide you with a short break from your caring role
- Information, advice and guidance
- Support to access community, health and wellbeing services
- Access to activities, training and much more.
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Who can we help?
Who can we help?
Carers providing unpaid care or support to a family member or friend either in their own home or somewhere else. ‘Caring’ for someone covers lots of different things like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.
Our services are commissioned by a number of health organisations and local authorities who specify both the geographical areas and people we can support within those contracts.
Therefore, in Lancashire we can support the following adult carers:
- Aged 18+.
- Either live or care for someone who lives in the following districts in Lancashire County – Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe, Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire.
- Are caring for someone who is accessing steps four or five of the mental health system and the carer and/or the person they care for live in Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley.
- Meet the criteria above but are a ‘former’ carer.
In Rochdale we can support: - Young and adult carers including parent carers and former carers who live in the Borough of Rochdale.
“I just wanted to let you know that I found the service from
my Carers Support Worker to be first class. I found her to be very
professional, knowledgeable and compassionate.
She told me she would do a number of things, all of which she did
promptly. I have
since received both the Carers Personal Budget and the Respite card. I am extremely grateful for her help."
“Since registering with n-compass I feel a weight has been
taken off me, they have done so much for me to enable me to feel better and
more confident about my caring role. I’m also really pleased to have the Peace
of Mind Plan set up in case of emergencies. It’s nice just knowing I can ring
and ask them for information etc. Thanks n-compass!”
“I feel my confidence has been regained through accessing
n-compass Carers’ Services. I am reassured knowing there are Carers Support
Workers who know my family circumstances and can provide continuity of
support. I look forward to accessing
n-compass Carers’ Services for information and support relevant to my caring
“n-compass Carers’ Services have a constructive and highly
responsive service which is very well thought of by our client group. n-compass
Carers’ Services is fully committed to multi agency, cross boundary working in
order to provide the most effective and appropriate support to Carers.”