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Support for carers

Contact Adult Social Care if you have any urgent concerns about providing care

Telephone: 020 7974 4000 (option 1)

Email: adultsocialcare@camden.gov.uk

Caring for someone can be both rewarding, but challenging too.  The coronavirus pandemic is understandably a worrying time.

If you are a carer it is important to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing.  In Camden, there is support available for carers.

Camden Carers Service are able to provide services on the telephone and email, as well as Support & Wellbeing checks to vulnerable carers and provide information and other support, and to understand what additional support they need. Camden Carers Service can be contacted on 020 7428 8950, and info@camdencarers.org.uk.

Age UK Camden have launched a Building Resilience Programme to support people age 50+ who are experiencing, or are about to have, a 'life changing event'.  A life changing event is wide ranging, and it could be retirement, bereavement, health problems, relationship breakdown, changes in financial circumstances, and many other situations where a person could benefit from in-depth support.  If you or the person you care would like to receive in-depth support from the programme, or would like to find out more, please contact Jean Luc Dieudonne, Building Resilience Advisor at jeanluc@ageukcamden.org.uk

Mobilise is a group of carers coming together for an online cuppa. Cuppas provide a chance to share concerns, practical tips and community support. Joining is completely free, and easily accessible with basic technology.  You can sign up at https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/cuppa.

Recommendme has a list of voluntary organisations and groups that are providing social activities to support carers in Camden.  Visit their website at https://www.recommendme.london.

Carers UK have a whole section devoted to Covid-19 including how to protect your mental wellbeing.

If either of you become ill, please follow Public Health England advice as provided in the guidance for unpaid carers of friends or family. There is a separate guidance for unpaid carers of adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults.

Contingency planning

As a carer of someone who relies on you for vital help, you are advised to make a contingency plan so that if an emergency happens, care can still continue at a time when it is needed.

Carers UK provide practical support on planning for emergencies.

A carer, Suzanne Bourne, has published her own advice on setting up a simple carer emergency plan - Suzanne Bourne – setting up a simple carer emergency plan.

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