It’s Carers Week and we are celebrating our incredible residents who look after their loved ones, who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, could not cope without their support.
It’s estimated that unpaid carers save the economy at least £132 billion a year with 1.3 million people providing over 50 hours of care per week.
Many people become carers at some point in their lives, even though they may have other responsibilities or need support themselves. Being a carer can be emotionally and physically challenging, and it is important to look after yourself whilst looking after someone else.
In Richmond upon Thames, there are over 18,000 residents who look after loved ones and Richmond Council would like to remind residents of the support available to them.
A carer’s assessment is a conversation that determines the impact looking after someone is having on your life and the best support available for you. This could include financial help, emotional support opportunities, training, breaks from caring and help using technology that will help you look after someone.
This week, Richmond Council will be sharing a series of videos on technology that can help with caring responsibilities. This includes the Alcove Video Carephone, Alexa Show and Smart Home Technology. These will be posted on social media and on the Council’s YouTube channel.
Richmond Carers Centre can also provide information, advice and support for carers, including young carers aged 5-18. For more information go to https://www.richmondcarers.org