This section has a wealth of information to support you, both as carer who is being cared for in hospital, or a carer who is caring for someone using the hospital services.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust recognises and values the contribution a carer can make and the expert knowledge they have of the condition of the person they are supporting.
The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) handles patient, family and carer concerns, by liaising with staff, managers and, where appropriate, relevant organisations, to negotiate immediate or prompt solutions. If necessary, they can also refer patients and families to specific local or national based support agencies.
For more information visit Contacting PALS.
For general carers information, including carers' assessments, claiming benefits, young carers and carers' wellbeing, visit the following links:
- Benefits for the person you care for (on NHS Choices website)
- Carers' assessments (on NHS Choices website)
- Children's assessments (on NHS Choices website)
- Community care assessments (on NHS Choices website)
- Supporting young carers
For local carers' information visit your local Council website and go to Health and Social Care. This will have all the information on support available in your area.
All carers should be encouraged to register as a carer with their local GP and with the local Carers' Association who run a carer's emergency alert card scheme.
Young carers are children between the ages of 5 and 19 years who help to look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled, has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol. Wakefield District Young Carers and Kirklees Young Carers provide valuable support to help reduce the caring responsibilities and encourage them to access local services such as sports clubs, support groups and health centres.
- Kirklees Young Carers - telephone 01924 492183.
The local carer support organisations can offer information and advice on how to get help with caring benefits and finances, equipment and details of local support groups. They also provide a 'listening ear' and emotional support. In the area covered by our Trust, these are:
- Carers Wakefield & District, 25 King Street, Wakefield, WF1 2SR, tel: 01924 305544, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wakefield Council has invested in the Digital Resource for Carers which has been produced by Carers UK.
The Digital Resource for Carers brings together a number of products and online resources to help provide comprehensive information to carers, to promote self-care, and direct carers to relevant local services/support.
The core elements of the Digital Resource are:
About Me: building resilience for carers: an e-learning resource that helps carers identify and build networks of support and promotes their self-care.
Jointly: A care co-ordination app for people sharing care.
The role of good nutrition when caring for someone: an e-learning course that aims to help carers understand the role of nutrition both for themselves as well as the person they care for.
Upfront Guide to Caring: a simple assessment tool to guide people new to caring or seeking support for the first time to navigate the Carers UK website.
Looking after someone: Carers Rights Guide: which helps carers understand their rights as a carer and where to go for financial or practical help.
Being Heard - a self-advocacy guide for carers: which helps carers develop the skills to self-advocate.
Technology and care: Information on how technology can support caring, what solutions are available and how to access relevant products and services.
The resources are hosted on a tailored webpage for the exclusive use of carers in the Wakefield District, and can be accessed at carersdigital.org using the unique code: DGTL7298
More information is available from:
- Action on Hearing Loss (RNID)
- Age UK
- Alzheimer's Society
- Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- Carers UK
Carers Count (information and support for adult carers in Kirklees)
- Carewell UK
- Counsel and Care
- Crossroads Care
- Dementia UK
- Employment and Support Allowance (Department for Work and Pensions)
- Mencap - the leading UK charity for people with a learning disability and their families
- Personal Independent Payments (Department for Work and Pensions)
- Quick guides (Department for Work and Pensions)
- Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD)
- Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
- Touchbase e-zine (Department for Work and Pensions)