It is estimated that within Carmarthenshire there are approximately 24 thousand unpaid carers, who find themselves taking on an increasingly demanding role, both in their immediate families and in the wider community. The impact of this can be enormous and can lead to feelings of isolation and frustration, as well as having a negative effect on a carer’s own health.
But you’re not on your own! The links on this page will help you to find solutions and support.
(NB: If there are sources of information or organisations you know about and which we have left out, please let us know).
Do you look after someone?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid help and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage on their own due to illness, disability, frailty, physical impairment, mental ill health or substance misuse.
A carer may be of any age – an adult or a young carer (under the age of 18).
For example as in the following:
‘I work full time as a teacher, but also look after my mother who lives with me and has severe arthritis, which means I have to help her with things like bathing and dressing’.
‘My 37 year old son has been in and out of psychiatric hospital for the last 15 years. When he comes out of hospital he ends up living with me as there is nowhere else for him to go’.
‘My wife had a stroke five years ago and now I have to do everything for her, like feeding, washing and dressing. I’ve had to give up my job as she cannot be left alone’.
Register as a carer at your GP surgery
What are benefits to you?
Enables your health care team to better understand your caring responsibilities
Allows them to provide you with help and support, either now or in the future
Where agreed, allows written consent to be gained, so that they can share information about the person you care for
Where possible the surgery may offer you more flexible appointments, keeping waiting time to a minimum
Gives you access to an annual FREE flu jab
To register click on the link
The Investors in Carers scheme
Investors in Carers is a quality assurance scheme for health service providers being rolled out across Wales and now in Carmarthenshire. It aims at raising awareness of carers issues.
Once successfully assessed providers are awarded a certificate which is validated for two years. Awards may be made at bronze, silver or gold level.
To date all Carmarthenshire GP surgeries have gained their bronze award, with two having achieved their silver level, and others working towards this. Other organisations including voluntary sector organisations are also pursuing the award. For example CarersTrust Crossroads Care Sir Gar were the first third sector organisation to gain their award, and now aims to encourage further uptake throughout the sector.
Crossroads Care Sir Gâr is a registered charity with offices in Carmarthen & Llanelli. We are a network partner of the Carers Trust, the major national charity offering practical and emotional help to carers.
Our services are tailored to meet the needs of the individual carer and their family, working alongside other local community services.
Message in a Bottle
Local Lions Club Support Carers Across Carmarthenshire.
In partnership with the Investors in Carers scheme, the Lions Club have been supporting carers throughout the county, through the FREE provision of ‘Message in a Bottle’. Available from your GP surgery or through Crossroads Care Sir Gâr, the scheme is designed to encourage people to keep their basic personal and medical information in a common location….the fridge!
This not only saves the emergency services valuable time in an emergency situation, but also provides peace of mind to you, your family and friends.