Carers may use hospital services for themselves or for their cared for person. There are many opportunities for carers to be identified in hospital and offered referral for support so their needs can be met to help them care healthily for their cared for person and themselves.
Discharge of a cared for person in particular is a critical moment for the identification of carers and an opportunity to ensure that carers can access the support they need to cope in the long term.
Key factors to be aware of are:
- Staff can actively seek to recognise people who may become a carer when the patient is discharged – carers may be children as well as adults.
- Staff can actively promote carers’ rights to their own assessment to ensure their needs, as well as those they care for, are taken into account in discharge plans.
- Carers can be provided with accurate and relevant information to assist them to make informed choices about their current and future caring role.
- Ensure that carers know where they can get the ongoing support they will need on their caring journey.
Carers Lewisham provides a wide range of support to carers aged from 5 years old and upwards caring for any mental or physical illness or disability.