Free Help for Carers

Posted by Admin on Monday, 13th November 2006, 00:00

FREE HELP FOR CARERS

A call has been issued to the 15,000 Carers on the Island to attend support programmes being run by St John Ambulance.

People who look after elderly or infirm relatives, or their neighbours or friends, will benefit from this support programme for Carers, being run by St John Ambulance.

The programme is free to all Carers and will be held on four consecutive mornings. The sessions include free lunch each day and transport will be available, if required.

The programme covers:

An introduction to Caring skills; First Aid; Looking after your back; Manual handling skills; Falls prevention; Stress management.

LILIAN MORRIS, Development Officer for St John Ambulance said, “St John recognises there is a tremendous need on the Isle of Wight for this type of programme. We are keen to make Carers aware that we can offer free help and advice to assist them in their Caring role. There are only limited spaces on each programme. Although the November sessions are already full, a booking should be made as soon as possible, so we can set a date for the next programme.”

Caring for someone at home is a tough job.

Most Carers have very little experience prior to taking on such a great responsibility.

Research has shown that Carers’ health can often suffer  from:

Back injuries from manual handling;

Stress-related illness;

Isolation and exhaustion.

Training can help you stay fit, prevent injury and help you provide better care for your loved one.

The Carers’ Support Programme offers you the opportunity to meet other Carers, share problems and ideas whilst enjoying a FREE LUNCH.

Please note these courses are held over four days and ideally attendance is required on all dates.

Carers wishing to benefit from this programme or anyone requiring details of programmes nearby should contact either Lilian or Helen on 01983 822794 or email rsp@isleofwight.sja.org.uk

52% of Carers have been treated for a stress-related illness since becoming Carers.*
People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled.*
One and a quarter million people, in the UK, provide over 50 hours of care per week.*
The main Carer’s benefit is equivalent to £1.34 per hour for a 35 hour week*

* Source: CARERS UK

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