Published: 28 January 2021
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When you care for others you can often forget about your own self-care. Why not read the Self Care document for some ways in which you can achieve your self care goals.
Carers play a vital role in our community by looking after those who are in ill health, disabled, vulnerable or frail and in recognition of this we aim to provide carers with the information, services, and support they need, to carry out their caring role.
A carer can be defined as someone who provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.
The term carer should not be confused with care worker, or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone.Carers usually fall into one of the three following categories:
It is recognised that these three types of carer are broad groups and that all carers are individuals and as such have differing and diverse needs.
Blaenau Gwent and its partner organisations will work together to achieve the following outcomes:
The key principles supporting Blaenau Gwent and its partner organisations are that carers will be treated with dignity and respect and in achieving this we will adopt the following principles of “respect”:
Any carer providing regular care to a family member or friend is entitled by law to an assessment of their needs. This assessment is known as a ‘Carer Assessment’ and if you believe this assessment would be of help to you as a family carer, then contact the Social Services Department on 01495 315700 or alternatively send an e-mail to DutyTeamAdults@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk The ‘Carers Assessment’ is an interview or a series of interviews with a carer, to determine what personal help the carer may need to be able to continue looking after the person they ‘care for’. The assessment is an opportunity for the carer to think about themselves and what support is needed.
What is the purpose of an assessment?
The assessment enables social workers to explore with the carer:
For information, advice or assistance, to make a referral or report concerns in relation to:
Telephone: 01495 315700Email Adults Team: DutyTeamAdults@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk
Email Children's IAA Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: 01495 353350
Headquarters:Social Services DirectorateAnvil CourtChurch StreetAbertilleryNP13 1DB