Who is a carer?
A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care, for a friend, partner or family member. They may be older, unwell, have a disability, a mental health problem It could be for just a few hours a week or round the clock. Many people act as Carers without even thinking about the role they perform. This caring relationship will have an impact on the lives of both parties; it can improve immeasurably the life of the cared-for person, and can be a source of satisfaction for the care-giver. But often the carer's situation and prospects are affected in a negative way by the caring role.
- Why are carers important?
The Trust Values carers they might be the only constant in an individual's life. The carer knows the service user best, especially their full potential when well, and is the person least likely to give up. The carer helps us to see the service user as an individual, often has a perspective on every aspect of the person's life, and can be a spokesperson for someone unable to describe their own situation, whether they are well or unwell.
Carers can play an important role in encouraging service users to be independent and to regain control of their lives. They can help us ensure that the care plan is appropriate and is happening the way it's supposed to; warn us when there is risk or when relapse is imminent; pull together information about all the factors in the service user's life. Carers can contribute their expertise and experience to our long-term planning. Working with carers helps us to achieve the best outcomes not only for the service user but also for our staff and services in general.
- Carers Assessments
It is a legal requirement for carers to be offered an assessment at least once a year. This does not mean that someone is judging how good you are at looking after the person you care for. It is simply a way of making sure that your own needs are looked after.
The Assessment examines ways to reduce the stress, worry and demanding workloads that many carers experience. It can be a very useful way of improving the difficult aspects of caring. This assessment may assist you to get the support that you need, which may include a break from caring, emotional support, or signposting to various organisations. If you feel that you may benefit from a Carers Assessment then please contact your local carer’s service using the link below.
- Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre (Including young carers)
Tel: 01942 705959
- Useful links
Carers UK Help and Advice
Carers: Help and support
- Support during a hospital stay
At Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (the trust) we value the work done by carers and are committed to working together with them as expert partners in care. We want to promote a culture that recognises carers within our hospitals.
When the person who is dependent on the care you provide is admitted to hospital, it is inevitable that you may worry. There is no expectation for you to continue to provide care and the hospital staff are here to look after them. However, you may choose to be here in a carers capacity and work alongside the hospital staff to provide care.
If you are staying with a patient to provide care and support whilst they are in hospital, we will arrange for you to h ave a Carers Passport. This will give you additional support to care for your relative, partner, friend and enable you to access a variety of concessions. Each hospital visit will require an updated document to be signed.
The person you are caring for must consent for you to continue to provide care. Where the person is unable to consent themselves you will need to provide a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) agreement for Health to continue to provide care otherwise a decision will be made under the principles of The Mental Capacity Act (2005) acting in the patient’s best interest. To complete the Carers Passport Partnership Agreement for this hospital, please speak to any member of ward staff and the ward manager or nurse in charge will come and discuss your individual needs.
For more information on our Carers Passport: /media/corporate/Carer%20Passport%20Information%20Leaflet.pdf
If no one has talked to you about these things and you would like more information follow the link to the Carers Support Team web page:
Visit the Wigan Council Carers website
For further details please contact:
Carers Support Team
Opening Hours 8.45am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone Number: 01942 705983
Fax: 01942 705960
- Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre
A Carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support
The Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre are able to offer carers support both practically and emotionally by:
- Access to community care services and Care Assessments
- Your Rights as a Carer
- Outreach Worker
- Carer Support Worker
- How to access Grants
- Benefits and finances
- Employment issues
- Practical help
- Holistic therapies
- Podiatry treatments
- Support groups
- Befriending Service
- Coffee Mornings
For more information contact us on 01942 705959.
Alternatively you can call into the Carer’s Centre from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm. The address is 3-5 Frederick Street, Hindley, Wigan WN6 3BD
WLCC Reg Charity No: 1138908