Hillingdon Council is encouraging carers in the borough to find out what help is available to them during Carers Rights Day (30 November 2012).
News release: 26 November 2012
The theme for this year's National Carers Rights Day is 'Getting help in tough times' and is focused on helping carers find financial help and make the most of technology.
Many residents often only see themselves as family members helping a loved one and miss out on vital support. The council is encouraging anyone who is responsible for looking after a friend or relative because of age, illness, disability mental heath concerns or drug misuse to find out what help is available to them.
Residents who provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis, have the right to ask for a 'carer's assessment'. This assessment considers the support that's required to them continue caring, whilst also being able to attend to other work/life commitments and interests. The carer's assessment is organised through Hillingdon Council by contacting 01895 556633.
Cabinet member for Social Care, Health and Housing, Cllr Philip Corthorne, said:
"Being a carer can be a challenging job, made all the more difficult if carers are not aware of what help is on hand. Many people don't identify themselves as carers and therefore miss out on the advice and support that they deserve.
"Caring for a family member or friend is a huge responsibility and we want anyone who has taken on this role to get in contact and find out what support is available. From benefits to home adaptations to short breaks there are many options that can help them care for their loved ones whilst also looking after themselves."
For more information on caring visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/carers
Notes to editors:
For more information on Carers Rights Day visit http://www.carersuk.org/get-involved/carers-rights-day