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What is a carer?

What is a carer?

A lot of people who provide unpaid support do not see themselves as carers as they may feel that is a normal part of life. This support might include:

  • personal care such as assistance with bathing and dressing
  • help with medication
  • cooking, grocery shopping and domestic tasks
  • accompanying to appointments
  • transport
  • help managing finances
  • emotional support

Caring for someone living with Dementia - a personal experience from Marcelline Russell

Dementia Carers Survey

Take part in Dementia Carers Count's Family Carers Survey 2022. There is a link at the end of the survey to a prize draw they are currently running on their website. There is no obligation to take part but it is totally free and you could win some technology prizes that can help you and the person you are looking after with dementia. 

Dementia Carers Count is a national charity, offering a range of free services that give family carers the opportunity to learn and understand more about dementia and to connect with others in a similar situation. They offer practical advice on the reality and challenges of being a carer.

Click on the following link to find out more: Dementia Carers Count Family Carers Survey

COVID-19 Coronavirus and caring for someone 

With COVID-19 restrictions having eased across the UK, Carers UK offer continued support to help you and those you look after. https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19

The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is particularly worrying for carers. Regular updated information can help ease concerns and enable you to plan alternative care arrangements for your loved ones. Contact details: Telephone 020 7378 4999 Email info@carersuk.org

For local support the Greenwich Carers Centre can help.

Their support team can be reached 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

Telephone: 0300 300 2233

Please do get in touch if you would like a well-being plan, an emergency plan or information about our activities programme.

www.greenwichcarers.org

Find out about recent changes to COVID-19 guidance on Gov.uk website.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-safely-with-respiratory-infections-including-covid-19#what-has-changed

During this difficult time, as always, the Greenwich Carers Centre can help.

Their support team can be reached 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

Telephone: 07423 110 805 and 07423 108 4468. 

Please do get in touch if you would like a well-being plan, an emergency plan or information about our online forums. They will also provide advice on individual supermarket COVID-19 policies including vulnerable and elderly hours, limits to shopping hour, purchase restrictions.

www.greenwichcarers.org

For information about carers assessments and more go to

Royal Borough of Greenwich and carers https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/200274/carers/763/carers_assessments/2

 

Herbert Protocol - a  new protocol to keep people with dementia safe, devised by West Midlands Police. 

What is the Herbert Protocol?

The Herbert Protocol is a form that is aimed to try and protect people with dementia. It can be filled in by carers, family, or friends of a person who could go missing at any time. To find out more follow this link https://west-midlands.police.uk/services/herbert-protocol