NHS Tayside is marking National Carers Week (11-17 June) with a series of events to raise awareness of the importance for carers to look after their own health and wellbeing.
Information stands will be at:
- Ninewells Hospital, Thursday 14 June, 9am-1pm, outside the canteen, Level 5
- Perth Royal Infirmary, Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 June, 9am-4.30pm, main entrance
Carer support staff will also be at Stracathro visiting staff and providing information on Friday 15 June from 9am to noon.
This year’s theme for National Carers Week focuses on carers’ health and wellbeing, urging carers to be healthy and connected. Carers can find it challenging to find time to look after their own wellbeing whilst caring for others and often report that they find it hard to eat right and get enough exercise and sleep. The Carers Scotland Act 2016 took effect on 1 April this year to ensure better and more consistent support for carers so they can continue in their caring role.
Visitors, staff, carers and patients are invited to visit the information stands where they will be able to pick up leaflets on a wide range of topics including support for carers and the many sources of help available provided by local and national organisations.
There will also be an opportunity to sign up for a ‘Carers Health Check’ which is provided by Dundee Keep Well Community Team. These health checks are free for anyone aged 18 years and over who has unpaid caring responsibilities. It includes checking blood pressure, blood sugar level, cholesterol, height, weight and body mass index (BMI). The check also offers an opportunity to discuss wellbeing and social issues that may impact on health.
Carers support facilitator Susan Johnston said, “This week is all about recognising the valuable role that carers carry out by providing support to others, often on a daily basis.
“We hope that these information stands will raise awareness about the carers agenda for the public as well as our staff who may be carers themselves.
“It is important for carers to know what support is available and, importantly, how to access it and that is why we would encourage anyone who is a carer or knows someone who is a carer to visit our stands.”
Carers Week is a national awareness week that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide unpaid care for disabled, ill or older family members or friends.
Carers can provide help with personal things like getting someone dressed, turning them in their sleep, helping them to the toilet, helping them move about or administering their medication. Carers also help with everyday tasks like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.
The information events aim to highlight the support and information that is available and encourage staff and members of the public to find out more about what they can do to help carers in their role.