Influencing & Engagement

Do you look after someone? Are you a Carer?

“A Carer is someone who provides unpaid help and support to a relative, friend, or neighbour who could not manage on their own due to illness, disability, frailty, physical impairment, mental ill health or substance misuse.”

Does this sound like you? If so, you are an unpaid Carer.  We are interested in identifying Carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support.  We know that Carers are often “hidden” looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day-to-day tasks and may not see themselves as a Carer.

We feel that caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community. It is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating for the Carer.  We further believe Carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not least, a listening ear when things get too much.

The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic

As you are probably aware the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the lives of unpaid Carers has been enormous, with many having lost access to all support, including day care services and family help. We now know that 81% of Carers are providing an additional 10 hours per week care, with many of them juggling their caring role with their work responsibilities. The impact of this on Carers mental and physical health has been extremely detrimental and, sadly, 44% of unpaid Carers now report that they are at breaking point.

Why unpaid Carers are vital?

Unpaid Carers provide around 96% of the care in the community and save the NHS in Wales over £8.1 billion each year. PAVS Dementia Supportive Communities recognises that Carers contribute a significant saving to the NHS by looking after relatives, neighbours or friends who might otherwise have to go into long term care.  Young Carers, under the age of 18 may be particularly vulnerable due to their inexperience and lack of life-skills. Young Adult Carers, between the ages of 18-25, can be the most hidden group of Carers in our society. Therefore, we at PAVS Dementia Supportive Communities are committed to providing appropriate support and consideration to our service users who are Carers whatever their age.

Registering as a Carer – Benefits

If you are a Carer, please let your GP Surgery know. A Carers Registration/Referral form is available at your GP surgery or by speaking to our Carers Lead – Cherry Evans 07849 086009

Why should you register as a Carer with your GP surgery?

Registering as a Carer may help your health care team to:

  • understand your caring responsibilities.
  • signpost you to information, help and support, either now or in the future.
  • share information about the person you care for (with appropriate written
  • consent).
  • may provide more flexible appointments that reflect your caring role.
  • offer you an annual flu jab (free).
  • refer you to other services or organisations that might be able to help you.

Our Carer Lead is Cherry Evans, a dedicated member of staff to help with Carer-related enquires. You can ask to speak to her by telephone or make an appointment for a chat. The Carer Lead has lots of information to share with you which may help. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cherry Evans, Dementia Supportive Community Development Officer, Mob 07849 086009 Email cherry.evans@pavs.org.uk

What is a Carer’s Needs Assessment? As a Carer, you are entitled to have a Carers Needs Assessment by Social Services. It is a chance to talk about your needs as a Carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. This could be done separately, or together, depending on the situation. There is no charge for an assessment. Every Carer is entitled to an assessment; however, it is not an assessment of your ability to provide care. When you register with your GP Practice as a Carer, the practice will offer you the chance to have a referral

Additional information and support

We have a dedicated Carers virtual notice board

https://padlet.com/cherryevans/x2pxykx6rrojzapo

Information can also be found at:

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales’s priorities for 2021-22

In April 2019, the Commissioner published her strategy for 2019-22 – Making Wales the best place in the world to grow older – and set out her three priorities: Ending Ageism and Age Discrimination; Stopping the Abuse of Older People; and Enabling Everyone to Age Well. These priorities were underpinned by commitments to empower older people to understand and exercise their legal rights to make their voices heard.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on many pre-existing inequalities and injustices faced by older people and has demonstrated how older people’s rights may not be as secure as had been assumed. In response to this, the Commissioner has identified Protecting and Promoting Older People’s Rights as one of her key priorities for 2021-22, alongside the three published in her 2019-22 Strategy. For more information, click here: https://www.olderpeoplewales.com/en/news/news/21-07-13/Commissioner_s_priorities_for_2021-22.aspx

Blaenoriaethau Comisiynydd Pobl Hŷn Cymru 2021-22

Ym mis Ebrill 2019, cyhoeddodd y Comisiynydd ei strategaeth ar gyfer 2019-22 – Gwneud Cymru y lle gorau yn y byd i heneiddio ynddo – a nododd ei thair blaenoriaeth: Rhoi Diwedd ar Ragfarn a Gwahaniaethu ar Sail Oed; Rhoi Terfyn ar Gam-drin Pobl Hŷn; Galluogi pawb i Heneiddio’n Dda. Roedd y blaenoriaethau hyn yn seiliedig ar ymrwymiadau i rymuso pobl hŷn i ddeall ac ymarfer eu hawliau cyfreithiol i sicrhau bod eu lleisiau’n cael eu clywed. 

Mae pandemig Covid-19 wedi taflu goleuni ar lawer o anghydraddoldebau ac anghyfiawnderau a oedd eisoes yn bodoli a wynebir gan bobl hŷn, ac mae wedi dangos efallai nad yw hawliau pobl hŷn mor gadarn ag y tybiwyd. Mewn ymateb i hyn, mae’r Comisiynydd wedi nodi Diogelu a Hyrwyddo Hawliau Pobl Hŷn fel un o’i phrif flaenoriaethau ar gyfer 2021-22, ochr yn ochr â’r tair a gyhoeddwyd yn ei Strategaeth 2019-22.

Am fwy y wybodaeth cliciwch yma: https://www.olderpeoplewales.com/cy/news/news/21-07-13/Commissioner_s_priorities_for_2021-22.aspx