LSAB News July 2018
Independent age - Top tips for unpaid carers
Lucy Harmer, the Director of Services for Independent age, has written expert tips on the practical, financial and emotional support available to carers.
1. Get a carer’s assessment
If you provide unpaid care for a friend or family member, you have a right to a free carer’s assessment.
2. Apply for Carer’s Allowance
If you’re caring for a family member or a friend for 35 hours or more a week, you may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance and other extra money.
3. Tell your GP that you're a carer
Ask your GP to make a note on your records. They can give you advice and information about the medical condition of the person you look after. They may also put you in touch with support services provided by the NHS and other local sources of support and advice.
4. Make sure the person you’re looking after is getting all the help they’re entitled to
Ask social services for a care needs assessment for the person you’re looking after, if they haven’t already had one, to see if they qualify for council help. And check that they’re getting all the benefits they’re entitled to.
5. Look after yourself as well
Being a carer can be emotionally and physically demanding. It’s important that you take good care of yourself for your own sake but also to give you the strength to go on caring.
6. Create time for yourself
Make sure you get a regular break from caring, even if it’s only 10 minutes, and find out about respite care.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Charities and carers’ networks can be an invaluable source of practical and emotional support.
8. Ask your local council about aids and adaptations
Different types of equipment or home adaptations can make your life easier and help the person you’re looking after to stay safe and independent.
9. Make a plan for emergencies
Create an emergency plan for their care in case you become ill or are admitted to hospital, for example.
Read more about these, and other tips for carers, in our latest guide 'Caring for someone'
Independent Age - Top tips for staying well in summer
While the summer may lift our spirits, changes in our bodies as we age mean we're less likely to notice when we feel hot or thirsty, and it can take longer to cool down. This can make us more vulnerable to heatstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration.
Read the top tips for keeping cool in the sun from Independent Age. Some of them may just seem like common sense, but they can make a big difference to your wellbeing. They include information on:
- staying hydrated
- dressing for the weather
- knowing the facts about your medication
- steps to take around the house
- and keeping an eye out for worrying symptoms
Read their summer information Here
Community Connections Project
Community Connections are a project supporting vulnerable adults to increase their connection to community supports and activities. They work one-to-one on a short term basis to help people identify and overcome barriers to community networks. Staff are well equipped to support people who may be anxious or have difficulty with motivation around getting out and about, and aim to build a stronger social support net for the people we work with.
To find out more, Read the Community Connections booklet.
If you would like to make a referral, please fill out this form.
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