Carefound Home Care is supporting Carers Week 2019 by helping carers get more connected in a bid to tackle loneliness.
Carers Week 2019, which started yesterday and runs until June 16, aims to highlight the urgent need to tackle loneliness amongst the UK’s 9 million carers.
This could include helping carers connect with local services or information, an employer creating a carer-friendly policy, a GP practice offering alternative appointment times to carers unable to attend or using technology to help carers connect.
As part of the campaign, Carefound Home Care Yorkshire, based in Harrogate, has made a pledge to ensure that its staff and the unpaid carers among its clients’ families they care for are given continuous local support and are able to use technology to communicate better.
Carol Sherwood, recruitment & community manager at Carefound Home Care in Yorkshire, said: “Many of us will care for our family, friends or a neighbour at some point in our lives but very few know how to get vital support when it happens. Raising awareness of the challenges unpaid carers face is hugely important and we are delighted to be helping carers get better connected in Yorkshire.”
“Not only have we pledged to ensure that we provide truly local support and advice to our care staff and our clients’ families, but we have also introduced technology to better connect them including a 24/7 online helpdesk and a revolutionary care management app enabling care records to be accessed in real-time.”
Lucy Clifton (pictured), a senior carer at Carefound Home Care in Yorkshire, said: “I love my job as I get to travel around seeing my clients, taking them to appointments and making sure they continue to live a life they enjoy. I am always connected with my care management team through our helpdesk and our new care app. We also have weekly team meetings enabling me to keep in touch with other carers and support each other.”
There are nearly 9 million adults in the UK caring for family or friends and research released for Carers Week 2019 reveals that unpaid carers are 7 times more likely to feel lonely compared with the general population.
In North Yorkshire, there are approximately 65,000 people who provide unpaid care and in 2015/16 the five carer’s centres funded by North Yorkshire County Council received over 1,800 referrals.