Dartmouth Caring providing support for all local carers
Dartmouth Caring helped Sainsburys celebrate National Carers Week by overseeing a stall in the Dartmouth branch on Monday, June 10.
Dee Nutt, chair of Dartmouth Caring manned the stall and said that being involved gave the charity an opportunity to reinforce the work they do for carers and their loved ones within Dartmouth and the surrounding villages.
At some point in our lives, almost all of us will find ourselves caring for a relative or close friend. Many of us will also be reliant on some form of care ourselves. Making sure the carers themselves receive the recognition and support they deserve is very important, it is imperative that those caring for others at home are kept well and able.
Dartmouth Caring, in partnership with Dartmouth Medical Practice, carries out the national initiative of Carer’s Health and Well-being Checks with their own members of staff, plus regular follow-ups, support and 6 month checks.
“Without the help of carers the statutory services would be completely swamped,” said Dee Nutt. “One in nine people living in Devon have been identified as a carer and it has been shown that carers are at a higher risk of experiencing health inequalities and social isolation. As a charity we recognised how vital it is that we look after carers and we have been doing so for a long time.”
Alison Stocks, manager and cooordinator of Dartmouth Caring, stressed that many people in the community who are caring for loved ones don’t even recognise themselves as carers, assuming it is simply their responsibility. It doesn’t have to be that way there is support available. Once someone is recognised as a carer, and by this we don’t mean employed agency carers, the benefits can include extra allowance, aids to help with care for loved ones, vouchers for respite care and sometimes much needed time outs. Carers will also get regular check ups to ensure that they have the support they need.
Dartmouth Caring also facilitates monthly support groups for carers as well as offering regular phone support and home visits.
“It is so important that these incredible people receive the help they need. Without them loved ones would be struggling and in extreme cases in residential care homes or in the care of the statuary services,” said Dee. “Studies have shown one third of those acting as full time carers receive no support. This is heartbreaking and we within Dartmouth Caring try to ensure that our carers have all the support and recognition they deserve for the extraordinary contribution they make to our society.”
“We had a great day up at Sainsburys and received so many lovely comments from the general public thanking us for the work we do as well as passing on information about our services and some generous donations.We are pleased that Sainsburys included us in their Carers Week and wish to thank them and also everyone else there for their kindness.
If you missed Dartmouth Caring at Sainsburys this week, contact the office on 01803 839354 for any advice.
(from a press release)
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