Support for carers

Carers play a vital role in looking after the old, sick and young. They save the state and NHS money and need to be valued, but are sometimes taken for granted. It is important that they look after their own health, so they can provide care. It can depend on where you are in the country as to when and how long it takes to get a care assessment. Needs should be assessed based on the individual or family circumstances and it is important to speak to carers and find out what they want.

Why the contribution is important

Carers provide many hours of unpaid work. This is an important social role and saves the health and social care services money.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 15, 2015 at 05:11PM

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  • Posted by mum1 October 20, 2015 at 15:25

    As a carer myself here are a few initial things which would really help:
    1. GP practice shld give priority to Carers for their own appts. They shld be seen within 48 hrs max.
     2. GP practices shld waive internal structures for Carers so that carer doesn't need to eg phone between 2 and 4 for results of bloods etc or come back next day or later to pick up prescriptions for themselves - especially when often they are ALREADY IN surgery for person they are caring for.
    3. Person being cared for shld automatically have their meds made up and delivered (I did this for years very time consuming). It is now done for my mother but still had to pick it up every week as her own chemist said they couldn't take on more clients. Had to go to chemist in next town to finally get it delivered. (Mums own doc and chemist are about 30 metres from her front door. )
    4. Wet rooms shld auto be installed for elderly. Mum can only bathe when I'm there for assistance/safety. Her bath seat is no longer suitable but i as carer have to chase up through red tape to get her shower/wet room. Have done this twice in last 5 years. She doesn't fit criteria. She's 80 with restricted mobility. Still doesn't have one. 5. If carer gives up job ( or takes early retirement) to look after elderly parent - shld the govt not consider paying their Nat Insurance so they do not lose out on their own pension?
  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 10, 2015 at 12:38

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Dumfries Planning Event:

    Carers should have an advocacy role. There should be free carers for people with learning disabilities (have to pay currently).

    Looked after children have much worse health care outcomes comes than average. There should be much greater support.
  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 December 14, 2015 at 11:51

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Stornoway Planning Event:

    Better provision for looked after young people and care leavers

    One participant in Stornoway felt that the health service needs to take more responsibility for corporate parenting. It was suggested that local authorities and local NHS health boards should come together to discuss situations of looked after children and young people and look to introduce solutions.
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