People of Harlow asked if they can care

Communities / Mon 12th Jun 2017 at 11:52am


PEOPLE across Harlow are being asked to ‘Think Carer’ during this year’s Carers Week to help raise awareness of the needs of unpaid carers, help them to access support and create carer friendly communities.

The online campaign is being supported by health, social care, charities and voluntary groups across the county with a variety of events for the public including a stall in High Chelmer shopping centre in Chelmsford, information day at Broomfield Hospital and a cream tea in Harlow for carers.

Accompanying the campaign is a short film, with local carer Sue showing how GP practices can help support carers and their families. Simple things, such as flagging they are a carer on their patient record, having a different GP to the person they care for and being flexible on appointments are shown to make a huge difference.

Dr Elizabeth Towers, a GP working in Chelmsford, and featured in the film explains, “People often don’t realise they are carers, normally because the person they are looking after is family and they just assume that’s their role.

“We need to acknowledge that they have needs – physical, emotional and psychological – as they can so easily be forgotten while looking after their loved one. I urge people to come forward and ask for help, as it is there for them.”

Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Heath and Adult Social Care said, “We have over 146,000 carers in Essex ranging from very young children to the very elderly.

Surely it is incumbent on all of us to support them as they look after their loved ones. We can all play our part in helping to identify carers, recognise they may be struggling and making small adjustments to improve their lives.”

Anyone who is looking for support and advice for themselves as a carer, or for a loved one can visit https://www.livingwellessex.org/looking-after-someone/ where information can be found on support and services available locally.

Join in with the conversation in the lead up to, and during Carers Week 12-18 June, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #ThinkCarer

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