Who is a carer?
A carer is a person of any age (including children) who provides unpaid support to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t get by without their help. This could be due to old age, frailty, disability, a serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse. Parents of children who are disabled or who have a serious health condition are also considered to be carers.
It is estimated that 10% of patients are carers.
Improving carer identification
As a practice, we want to increase the number of people on our carers’ register so that we can look after you better. We do this by:
- Asking patients with long-term conditions to name their carers
- Running awareness-raising campaigns to get carers to tell us about their caring responsibilities
Glasgow Carers Partnership aims to identify and support unpaid carers as early as possible in their caring journey. This approach aims to support carers to have the skills, knowledge and support to enable the person they care for to live well with their condition in the community. Supporting carers to maintain their mental and physical wellbeing also underpins this anticipatory and preventative approach.
All unpaid carers looking after someone resident in Glasgow are eligible for carer support with a universal offer of information and advice for all as a minimum.
The Glasgow Carers Partnership consists of carer centres, health and social care services and condition specific organisations working together to support unpaid carers.
Glasgow Carers Partnership operates within the requirements of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and all carers are routinely offered a Carer Support Plan or Young Carer Statement. Information and support are provided with partners in a personalised response that is proportionate to identified outcomes, needs and risk.
Follow the link for more details https://www.yoursupportglasgow.org/media/36657/carer-leaflet-2.pdf