We have dedicated Adult Carer Support Workers who offer emotional and practical
support to carers from age 19.
Visit our Support For Carers page for more information on services we offer adult carers.
If you have any problems or would just like someone to talk to in confidence then
give one of our Adult Carers’ Support Workers a call on 01253 393748. You can also
fill out the Contact Us Form on this website and someone will be in touch.
We can then talk about what might make your life easier and how you can get more
help, or if you prefer we can arrange a time and place where we can meet up and
talk about what your needs are.
And remember… you’re not on your own and we will do everything we can to help you.
Mary – supported by the Adult Carers’ Team
Mary cares for her 64 year old husband who suffers from heart disease, depression and anxiety. Mary herself has also battled for several years with depression. When Mary was initially referred she was at an extremely low ebb with practically no support network around her. She was struggling financially due to huge credit card debts and due to her low mood and lack of motivation, tended to turn to food as a comfort. Because of this, she had put on lots of weight which also affected her emotional wellbeing as she had no self-esteem.
We supported Mary by referring her to our counselling service and mental health and wellbeing clinic. We applied for grants so that she could access the gym and also have a break away. We signposted Mary to local services to sort out her finances and also helped her complete a claim form for Personal Independence Payment. She also accessed Carers Centre groups and meetings.
Mary is now in a much healthier place emotionally, physically and financially. She has now been discharged from mental health services as her mood has improved since her involvement with the Centre. She regularly participates in Carers Centre social activities and meetings and no longer feels socially isolated. In fact her diary is often full! She now copes much better with the stresses of her caring role.
David – supported by the Hospital Project Team
David was referred to the service by the End of Life Care team. He was the carer for his brother who had just passed away, aged 26. David also cares for his mother whose disabilities restrict her mobility. He was distraught and grieving but still had the responsibility of caring for his mother.
Due to his financial circumstances, difficulties arose when he was arranging the funeral. We supported him to access the hospital bereavement fund and organise the funeral, therefore reducing the stress and anxiety this was causing him.
We organised for the Council to clean his brother’s bedroom and also applied for a carers’ grant for a bed and furniture, enabling his mum to return to her own bedroom, as she had been sleeping on the sofa for two years.
David was awarded funds from the carers’ grant for a gym pass, to reduce his stress by having time out. We also provided one to one emotional support to David and his mum.
Louise – attended the Dementia Awareness Course
The Dementia Awareness course came to me at a time when I was feeling very bleak and totally overwhelmed by the responsibilities of caring for my mum, who suffers with vascular dementia.
As soon as I walked into the room and started talking to the other participants, I felt better. People were describing situations that were so similar to my own, yet I had felt so isolated. I thought that no one knew what I was going through. Someone told a story that totally described how mum was and I think I had a real ‘lightbulb’ moment.
Dementia is a cruel illness and when someone suffers from it, they can become selfish and not realise how low the carer becomes (through no fault of their own). To have a one to one session with someone who listens was so refreshing and liberating. I began to feel that life would carry on and be positive again.
I like to think I’ll keep in touch with new friends from the course and it has made me realise that if anyone I know becomes a carer, I wil know how best to help them. For me, this was a very positive experience and I’m extremely glad I had the chance to be part of it.
Everybody in a dementia caring role would benefit.