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Six thousand people in Warwickshire are caring for someone with dementia

Published on Wednesday, 26th September 2018

As World Alzheimer’s Month draws to a close, Warwickshire County Council is showing its support for those who care for a person with dementia and raising awareness of the services that are available t

It is estimated that in Warwickshire there are around 6,000 people who provide unpaid care for a person with dementia, whether a parent, partner, relative or friend.

Every year, more than two million people take on a new caring role, and there are many organisations offering financial, emotional or practical support to help unpaid carers maintain their wellbeing along with their caring responsibility. However, many struggle to navigate the range of services they are entitled to, and miss out on support as a result.

Warwickshire County Council commissions a Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service that is delivered within communities, tailored to local needs, building upon local assets, and integrated with local health services. It was launched in June 2017 and is provided by Carers Trust Heart of England on behalf of WCC.

The service can facilitate access to statutory and specialist support where appropriate, making it easier to communicate with different agencies and professionals, and support young carers through the transition from children’s to adult services.

Feedback on the service since its launch has been positive, with one carer reporting “I feel so much better in myself that I know that there is someone to talk to” and another saying “Knowing there is help and support helps me to be able to continue with my caring role more confidently”.

Cllr Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It is extremely important for us to listen to what local carers say will benefit them, and the Carer Wellbeing Service is proving to be a valuable connection point between Warwickshire’s unpaid carers and the services that are here to support them.”

If you are a carer you can contact the service by:

Read more about the Carer Wellbeing Service at www.carerstrusthofe.org.uk/warwickshire-carer-wellbeing-service/

For further information on support for carers in Warwickshire, go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carers

News article courtesy of Warwickshire County Council.