Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) will mark the vital role of carers with a support event at East Surrey Hospital on Thursday 15 June 2017.
Carers can be family, friends, parents or partners, caring for someone with additional needs, an illness, frailty, disability, mental health and drug or alcohol problems.
SASH says many carers don’t see themselves as a “carer”, but as simply looking after someone who could not manage without them. But the role can be demanding and, without support, can impact on a person’s physical health and mental wellbeing.
At the event on 15 June there’ll be a chance to find out about nearly 20 organisations that can offer support to carers as well as connections to get practical help.
Liz Darragh, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, said:
“When someone becomes ill or is diagnosed with a long-term condition and needs to be looked after, the carer can feel the effects both psychologically, emotionally and practically.
However, support is available. Some organisations focus on emotional and psychological needs and others offer more practical support, for example someone to do your shopping or to provide respite care.
Carers are the unsung heroes.”
The event is at East Surrey Hospital on 15 June 2.30-5.30pm at the Atrium, Postgraduate Education Centre. There will be refreshments, a quiet space to think or chat to others in a similar situation, and access to representatives from many support services.
The event is taking place as part of national Carers’ Week, which runs 12-18 June.
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