The Carers' Support Scheme was set up in 2004 following a needs analysis of carers looking after those with life limiting illnesses. The aim of the scheme is to meet the real needs of carers enabling them to stay healthy and to continue caring for their parent or partner at home. The scheme also enables carers and patients to fast track access to Welfare Benefits for which they are eligible.
The Carers' Support Scheme recruits and trains volunteers who offer practical and emotional support to carers. It is our experience that the services of a Carer's Support volunteer can enhance the quality of life for both the carer and the cared for person and evidence is increasing that support for a carer will relieve stress and reduce patient admission into hospital when carers feel that they cannot cope.
The Carers' Support Scheme has developed good working relationships across the Social and Health Services networks across the City of Hull and adjacent areas in the East Riding.
We are represented on the Hull Palliative Care and Cancer Working Group and have strong links with the local hospice [Dove House] and the Carers' Information & Support Service (CISS) in Hull. We are currently working within GP surgeries in Hull encouraging carers to register with their GP, offering information and practical help. Carers' health may be suffering due to juggling the demands of family life, a job, education or experiencing financial or emotional hardship. Take advantage at your surgery and find out about:
- Benefit entitlements.
- Carers' Breaks.
- Practical support in the home.
- Support groups.
The main reasons given for referrals have been around the need for the carer to have a break and receive practical or emotional support. Some carers were already experiencing stress or ill-health, and others needed social support. Most of our referrals come from Health and Social Care professionals and hospital staff, often through the Home from Hospital Service.
For further information contact the Carers' Support Team on 01482 447673:
Paul Bartle -Carers Support Manager
Debi Brett - Project Coordinator
Lindsey Walsh - Project Worker