NHS Ayrshire & Arran has developed a new information leaflet for carers of people receiving NHS care. It is estimated that at least one person in every eight is a carer. They provide regular, unpaid care for a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled or who has a mental health problem.
This new leaflet ‘Information for carers of people receiving NHS health care’ sets out carers’ rights and responsibilities and their legal obligations. Carers can also find out about getting a Carer Support Plan (also known as a Carers’ assessment). This helps carers think about their own needs and make sure that they have access to the services that will help and support them.
The guidance also provides lots of helpful contact details for local Social Work offices, the support available from local carers’ centres and links to other useful sources of information.
Andrew Moore, Assistant Director of Nursing (Patient Focus and Public Involvement), commented: “Carers do an invaluable job and we need to support them as much as we can. This new guidance provides help and lots of information to make sure carers know that they’re not alone and that the support is out there if they need it.”
For a copy of the leaflet visit our website www.nhsaaa.net and click on ‘Services a-z’, then ‘C-Carers’.