Carers are people who care for a family member, a friend or another person in need of assistance or support with daily living. They include those caring for the frail aged, people living with long-term medical conditions, people with a mental illness, people with a disability and those receiving palliative care.
Some carers do not call themselves carers but see themselves as wife or husband, mother or father, partner, grandparent, child, friend or neighbour. There can be multiple carers who care as part of a family or community network. At times, because of the nature of the illness, a carer may not be recognised as a carer by the person he or she is providing care to.
Salford Council and Clinical Commissioning Group are working with carers to gain their views so they can develop a new Carers strategy which will provide guidance from carers and develop a framework to build on previous achievements. View the Salford City Council's 'support for carers' page.
In Salford there has been a Carers Strategy covering the period 2013 - 16, and a refresh in 2016/17 which has enabled the Commissioner responsible for carers services to plan ahead to ensure the right services are being delivered.
We have now developed the strategy for 2019 – 2024, which is available here.
Read the results of the Carers Strategy Consultation Report 2017
Appendix 2 Carers Survey results
Appendix 3 Carers Consultation questionnaire evidence
A new website, called Digital Resource for Carers, has been launched to help carers understand their rights, the support available to them and how to look after themselves while caring for someone.
The Digital Resource for Carers includes guides to caring, information on carers rights and where to go for financial or practical help, how to be an advocate on behalf of the person you’re caring for and information on both local and national technology, products and services to help with caring.
It also has e learning courses to help carers take care of themselves through healthy eating, and building support networks and an app to help carers who share the role to message each other and manage tasks, medication and calendars.
To find out more about the Digital Resource for Carers visit carersdigital.org and create a new account by using code DGTL3329.