Supporting unpaid carers

Using social prescribing effectively to support unpaid carers.  Refer carers to organisations like www.therapyaid.co.uk in Norfolk so they can receive free NHS approved complementary therapies like massage and reflexology giving them much needed 'me' time enabling them to continue their essential unpaid work.

Why the contribution is important

Unpaid carers save the UK approximately £132 billion a year (Source: Carers UK) and Norfolk services £1.6 billion a year (Source: Carers Matter).  Often their needs are missed and they struggle with loneliness, physcial issues, mental stress, financial worries, navigating the compicated world of benefits form filling... the list is long.  I know because I am a carer.  There are various organisations out there supporting carers but I think there needs to be more done proactively, especially in the field of giving carers essential 'me' time where they can relax and de-stress.  Social prescibing can really help here.  I would like to see the NHS adopt a more joined up approach and consider carers' needs alongside the patients so they can continue with their essential unpaid work that saves local services money. 

by AnnetteJames on August 06, 2019 at 01:03PM

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  • Posted by Sall August 27, 2019 at 11:34

    This is a joke, I live in a different county and the support I get is non existent.
    I chase up the mental health team with concerns many times phones not answered or return calls.
    This last 3 years has brought me to my knees dealing with trying to get my daughter help and to fight the benefits system.
    I am in my 70s and wish I could get my daughter to leave that county and come to where they know how to prioritise there money spending and care in community!
    My daughter fears the GP as she feels shame of having a mental health issue this makes my job even harder
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