A week to help care for the car­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

NEW ini­tia­tives in the county have been lined up for Car­ers Week.

Car­ers Week takes place this week un­til Sun­day and it aims to recog­nise the chal­lenges un­paid car­ers face and the con­tri­bu­tion they make to fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

Car­ers Bucks sup­ports and pro­motes the well­be­ing of un­paid fam­ily car­ers in Buck­ing­hamshire.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ports more than 7,000 adult car­ers and over 600 young car­ers, who are aged be­tween six and 90 years old.

The char­ity launched the Car­ers Hub on Mon­day in Stoke Man­dev­ille Hos­pi­tal, which will see Car­ers Bucks staff be­ing able to iden­tify and pro­vide im­me­di­ate sup­port to car­ers vis­it­ing the hos­pi­tal.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Car­ers Bucks, Stephen Archibald, said: “It is a new sup­port ser­vice for car­ers and we will iden­tify car­ers vis­it­ing their loved ones in hos­pi­tal, we can pro­vide on­go­ing sup­port to those peo­ple.”

The char­ity also launched a Well Car­ers Clinic, where car­ers will be able to see a health care as­sis­tant at their GP surgery and have a health check and dis­cuss their carer role.

Mr Archibald added: “Car­ers are more likely to suf­fer from back prob­lems, but this will give them time to as­sess their own health prob­lems.” Car­ers are in­vited to at­tend Car­ers Bucks, Ar­den­ham Court in Ayles­bury to­mor­row (Fri­day) be­tween 11am and 2pm, when they will be able to en­joy pam­per­ing treat­ments and have a health check.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Car­ers Bucks call 0300 777 2722 or visit www.car­ers­bucks.org.

SUP­PORT: Stephen Archibald, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Car­ers Bucks

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