Every day, 6,000 people in the United Kingdom become carers (Carers UK). Whether that is the result of an accident, surgery, addiction, a diagnosis, worsening health condition or any other change of circumstance in the life of the person they find themselves caring for. Becoming a carer is rarely something that people have had an opportunity to plan for. Carers may find themselves having to come to terms with their new caring role whilst having conversations with health and social care professionals, working out how to manage their caring role around their employment, and investigating how they might fund immediate and future costs of caring.
Carers Rights Day, which falls this year on Thursday 21st November, is an annual awareness raising event that brings organisations together to help carers in the local community understand their rights and learn how and where to get the help and support they are entitled to.
This year Richmond Carers Centre has worked with Dr Gabriella Cox and Dr Camilla Rodger to provide carers with Top Tips for Carers: How to get the most out of a GP appointment. CLICK HERE to download the document.
Richmond Carers Centre supports young and adult unpaid carers living in or caring for someone living in the London Borough of Richmond, which stretches from Hampton to Barnes. There are an estimated 15,000 unpaid carers in the London Borough of Richmond alone. We offer free and confidential advice, information and emotional support plus a range of other services to unpaid carers from the age of 5 and up. If you are looking after someone who would not manage without your support you can contact our Carers Support Line on 020 8867 2380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to a carers support worker.
Carers Rights Day 2019 is supported by Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition, which has produced a number of nutrition advice leaflets for carers. CLICK HERE to go to the Carers Rights Day page. The free nutrition resources are at the bottom of the page, or you can CLICK HERE. If you think that you or someone you know may be a carer, you can contact the Carers Support line on 020 8867 2380 or email email@example.com for advice..