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Carers' Week kicked off with the official opening of our new Carers' Centre at St Ambrose Cottage, 42 Alumhurst Road, Westbourne. The team there provides support to help people continue their caring role while looking after their own health and wellbeing. Services available include advice and information, a sitting service for the cared-for person, taking a short break, training, a listening ear, and a friendly welcome on a Tuesday afternoons when carers can ‘drop in’ for a cup of tea and a chat. There is also a computer that carers, with help if they need it, can use to find information on-line.
The number of ‘drop in’ times for carers will increase throughout the year. Just call the team on 01202 458204 or read more about the support services| available for carers
On the recent visit to Dorchester we came across "Wheels for Freedom". They are a local charity loaning mobility scooters and wheelchairs in Poole, Weymouth, Dorchester, Ferndown and Wimborne and at events across the South West. You can choose to become a member for unlimited acces or borrow scooters on a one-off basis as a day visitor. See the website for more information: www.wheelsforfreedom.org.uk| or call Shopmobility on 01202 661770.
Carers of older people can now take a break with support from this new service. "Home from Home" offers a day sitting/respite service in the "Home From Home" host's own home.
Each "Home From Home" host has an enhanced CRB police check and their home has been inspected to make sure it reaches appr opriate health and safety standards. So carers can be sure their cared-for person is in good hands.
Home From Home offers:
This can be used as an alternative to Day Care.
It can be hard to find routes and easy to come across dangerous terrain when enjoying the outdoors with someone using a wheelchair. Walks with Wheelchairs website| has been developed to help. The site provides free information for suitable routes for going on a walk with someone using a wheelchair. It covers the whole of the UK and allows you to also add routes you use or your comments.
Carers UK is urging carers to check they are paying the correct amount. Some carers could qualify for up to 50% off their Council tax bills. Read guidance about Council Tax discounts for carers living in Bournemouth, or caring for someone who lives in Bournemouth. Or find out more by telephoning 01202 451597.
Read Carers UK advice| on Council tax for more details.
Carers UK| has a produced a booklet for carers called “Employees guide to work and caring”.| If you’re a carer you can get a free copy by calling Carers UK publication line on 0845 241 0963 (local rate call–open office hours only) Or you can read more about work and caring| on their website.
There are several new services starting soon as we develop and extend the range of support across Bournemouth and Poole. Keep an eye on the Carers Events and Training page| on this website as the list will be updated. There are also be some trips out coming up which we will advertise on our Carers Events page|. To make sure you hear about everything that is happening join the Carers Information Service.| We will send information out electronically where we can.
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