Parkinson’s carers given vital freedom
Branch to offer respite for up to 20 hours a week
CARERS could have more vital freedom thanks to a new initiative.
Carers of people with Parkinson’s from across South Bucks are now offered free respite care thanks to a legacy left to the Amersham and High Wycombe branch of Parkinson’s UK.
It allows carers to go shopping or do any other personal chores they may, otherwise struggle to do.
Chairman of the Amersham and High Wycombe branch of Parkinson’s UK, Tony Vaughan, said: “We are incredibly pleased to be
The work that they do
is very valuable – there are
some fantastic carers out there.”
able to offer this vital support service to people from across South Buckinghamshire.
“Respite can provide a lifeline to carers and we can offer up to 20 hours of care per person, in blocks of one to four hours.
“Carers can use the time to do everyday things that most people take for granted – play a round of golf, meet up with friends – while having the peace of mind that the person they care for is being looked after.
“You don’t have to be a member of Parkinson’s UK to apply, we really want carers to come forward and take advantage of this great scheme.”
The scheme is available for anyone caring for a person with Parkinson’s in the Amersham, High Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks district.
Information and support worker at Parkinson’s UK Anita Browne said: “The money was left to support carers in the area. The work that they do is very valuable – there are some fantastic carers out there.
“They do a lot of important work without much support and we hope that this legacy will help them to have a bit more freedom.”
For more information on how to apply, contact Tony Vaughan on 01494 712 353 or Anita Browne, on 0844 225 3675 or alternatively you can email abrowne@ parkinsons.org.uk.
For other information for carers in the county, contact Carers Bucks on 0300 777 2722.