Carers FIRST Information Booklet

 

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Details of services provided for Carers living in Medway, North & South West Kent

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Carers Assessments. Under the Care Act 2014, a Carer is an individual who provides or intends to provide care for another adult. If you are a Carer and you appear to have any level of needs for support, you are en�ttle to a Carer’s Assessment. Having a Carer’s Assessment is not linked in any way to Carer’s Allowance. A Carers Assessment is the opportunity for you to tell someone what impact caring has on your life. The assessment may be carried out on the telephone, in a community venue, or in some circumstances at your home. The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including for e�ample, physical, mental and emo�onal needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring. Your Carers Assessment should cover the following areas: ‐ Your caring role (the things you do for the person you care for) ‐ Your own health ‐ Your feelings and choices about caring, work, study, leisure and housing. info@carersfirst.org.uk 7

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Young Adult Carers. Young Adult Carers (YACs) are young people aged 14–25 who care, unpaid, for a family or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condi�on or an addic�on. Growing up can be tough, trying to �uggle school/college, work, rela�onships, hormones, friends and family. When you are caring for someone, it can be even harder. In South West �ent and Dar�ord, Gravesham and Swanley, we have two dedicated YAC workers suppor�nng Carers aged 16‐24.They work within local schools and colleges to iden�fy and support Young Adult Carers and to ensure that they have someone that they can talk to about the choices that they have before them. Regular Drop Ins and 1:1 sessions are available and a YAC support group provides the chance for young adults to meet others that are in caring roles and to develop friendships and gain from the support of experienced staff. Statutory Carers Assessments are also offered to YACs aged 18 and over. For more informa�on you can call our Carers �ub on 0300 303 1555 or YoungAdults@carersfirst.org.uk Carersfirst.org.uk/?Young_Adult_Carers Facebook.com/YAC.CarersFIRST 0300 303 1555 9

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Carers Breaks Carers ���ST understands that from �me to �me Carers need a break from their caring role and that it is vital that you feel confident that your loved one is being cared for by someone you trust. Our fully trained and experienced Care Support Workers deliver services in the comfort of your own home, maintaining a familiar and safe environment for the person with care needs enabling the Carer to have a break. Our services are available to all age groups, children through to older people with a varied range of condi�ons and disabili�es. We will visit you in your own home to talk to you about your needs and carry out an assessment of need and a risk assessement to establish your requirements and will match those requirements to a suitable member of staff. We offer a flexible and responsive service which is available 24 hours a day � days a week, with visits from as li�le as once a week but could be daily, overnight or for a short break. To discuss your requirements, please contact our friendly team for an informal chat. 0300 303 1555 carersfirst.org.uk/?Support_Services respite@carersfirst.org.uk info@carersfirst.org.uk 13

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