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Adult Carers Experiences of Health & Social Care Report Published

11/01/2017

Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen engaged with over 80 adult carers over a six-month period, listening to their views & experiences of local health & social care provision. Key findings of the project found that,

 

  • 76.8% of participants hadn’t been offered or attended training to help them carry out their caring role

                                                       

  • 31.7% of participants didn’t know where to get information about services that support unpaid carers

 

  • Only 22.1% of participants felt valued as a carer

 

  • 52% of participants said their GP had never asked if they had a a caring role

 

  • 59.8% of participants felt their caring role had a negative impact on their own health

 

Ben Pearson, Project Manager at HWBWD said ‘Our adult carers project has identified a need for more support for those who live with or care for someone with a physical or mental health condition, or substance misuse issue. One of the main issues seems to be how & when someone identifies themselves as an adult carer, especially when caring for a family member or someone with a non-physical health need. This can make it difficult for the right support to be offered & for services to be designed effectively when it’s unclear how many adult carers there are in the borough.’

 

If you look after or live with someone with a physical or mental health condition, or substance misuse issue & want information of support & services available please contact HWBWD on 01254 504985

A full copy of the report can be seen here:

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