Carers Week is taking place from 6 -12 June 2022, and this year’s theme is ‘Visible, Valued and Supported’.
Across West Yorkshire it is estimated there are 400,000 unpaid carers. Only 50,000 are registered with their GP.
Are you an unpaid Carer?
An unpaid carer is a person of any age who provides unpaid help and support to a husband, wife, partner, son, daughter, parent, relative, friend or neighbour who cannot manage without the carers help.
If you think that you may be an unpaid carer please contact the practice and ask to speak to one of our Carers Champions. They will register that you are a carer on your medical records and will be able to signpost you to local carers organisations for support. In Leeds this is Carers Leeds.
During Carers Week, the West Yorkshire Health Care Partnership are raising awareness of ‘Message in a Bottle’. This is an initiative created by the Lions Charity to share vital medical information, stored in a standard location – the fridge. WYHCP are working with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and local carers organisations to help unpaid carers to think of their contingency plan and what could happen to the person they care for if they themselves become unwell.
Bottles and contingency plans can be collected from local carers organisations. Find out more by visiting the Message in a Bottle
There are other resources for young carers and working age carers on the carers area of the WY HCP website.