I have seen many facebook posts from carers looking for support and managing the additional challenges that come with these times. I came across this information today that I hope can provide pointers to you or your loved ones.
about the carers hub
The Brighton and Hove Carers Hub partnership; Carers Centre; Crossroads Care; Alzheimer’s Society; and Carers Assessment Workers (BHCC) are ensuring that the vital role carers provide is recognised and supported during this difficult time.
- Connecting carers
- Signposting to up to date guidance.
- Contingency Planning accessing informal networks and formal services if necessary.
- Virtual Support emotional/wellbeing support via phone, and digital options, as well as emerging virtual support groups.
They offer Carers Assessments that reflects the issues during the Covid-19 restrictions.
“Carers are still able to receive services from the local authority, including respite options, carers personal budgets, contingency planning, the carers card (discount card), the carers digital offer, and employers for carers digital resources. All new carers, or carers seeking to renew their carers card, will receive a letter from Geoff Raw (Chief Executive, BHCC) that can be used as a form of temporary carer identification. Stating that the named person is carrying out activities due to their caring role; shopping for more than one person/family; parking permission; and can be used for hospital visiting.”The Carers Hub
Latest UK Government Guidance
The latest UK Government guidance here stresses the need for contingency plans. There is a Carers Emergency Back Up Scheme, to support carers to develop contingency plans if they are unable to provide care.