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Carers in Bedfordshire's support workers are here to help you when there is a hospital admission – whether that is the person you care for or yourself. Just let them know either by completing their form or phoning up. One of their support workers will then phone you to offer emotional and practical support. You may need information, advice, practical and emotional support at a time when things can feel quite overwhelming. They know that supporting someone, both in hospital and out, can be distressing and a real strain for you in your caring role. A hospital admission can also lead to an increase in the amount of care needed, either in the short or long term. Carers in Bedfordshire offer support such as:
- Offering you additional support during this period. We know this can be a scary time.
- Talking to hospital staff to ensure you get the information you need whilst the person you care for is in hospital.
- Providing information about discharge processes and procedures and continuing care.
You may be worried about what will happen to the person you care for if you are involved in an accident or crisis that prevents you continuing in your caring role. The Central Bedfordshire Carer’s Emergency Card enables you to record what you would like to happen in case of an emergency. The small card can easily be stored in your purse or wallet. If an emergency arises, the card will alert people that you are a carer and will know who to contact to make sure the cared for person is safe.
Carers in Bedfordshire groups and workshops offer you the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, learn more about the condition you are caring for and of course, catch your breath. You can find details of all our events below. Some talks are available for you to watch at any time.
Carer support groups are friendly, informal get togethers, sometimes with a guest speaker, where you can chat to others about your caring role, and give each other support. Or simply just listen and be with others. They run all over Bedfordshire, and now on Zoom, too. Caring can be lonely so having contact with other carers can fight off that horrible feeling of isolation. You can come regularly or just pop in now and again, and stay for a short time. You can:
- Share with others what it feels like to look after someone
- Have your own needs recognised and understood – it’s a time for YOU.
- Get information and learn more about support and local services
- Share ideas on looking after yourself and managing your caring role
- And what’s said in the group, remains in the group – it’s confidential