Sometimes what a carer really needs is some practical help to get things done. Sometimes these are day to day challenges the carers find themselves having for the first time, sometimes it is because things just can’t continue as they are and other times it may be because something unexpected has happened or there is an emergency.
We can go to hospital in many different situations. Sometimes they are planned, sometimes it is an emergency. On leaving hospital you may be provided with a care plan if you or the person you care for requires ongoing support. Sometimes when you leave hospital you may be contacted by the council’s Reablement Team. The Reablement Team will include an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, and trained support workers.
Once you've been referred, they will contact you to make an appointment for someone from the team to visit you and do an assessment.
The assessment can include family members if you wish, and will set out exactly what you (and person you care for) want to be able to do and how the team can help you. They will usually work with you for between two to six weeks. Before they finish, they will plan any further help you need and make sure it is set up.
For more information about Powys Reablement Team see:
Learning New Skills to Care
Credu’s events page is a good place to look for training courses.
Powys County Council gives unpaid carers access to their in-house training. You can book yourself on to learn things like moving and handling and first aid. There is a cost to some courses but others are free. You can chat with Credu about covering costs or accessing a course tailored to Carers.
To find out more about the courses available you can call Powys County Council’s Training Department on 01597827330/01597827333 or visit:
To find out more about how Credu can help cover the cost, contact us on 01597823800.
Technology that Helps Carers and the People they Look After
In Powys funding has been made available to provide carers with free assistive technology products such as clocks, telephones, movement sensors, pagers, and more.
This technology should help:
Avoid falls or mitigate the effect of a fall through early indication and alert.
Avoid missing person incidents.
Avoid or delay admission to a care home.
Avoid unplanned hospital admissions.
Remind people to take medication.
Ease some of the pressure on you as a Carer.
Get in touch with Powys County Council on 03456 027050 for the most up-to-date brochure as new products are added regularly, and let them know if any additional
items should be added that would make your life easier. If there is a piece of equipment this funding doesn’t cover, they will do their best to find alternative sources of funding for you. If you wish to purchase any equipment directly yourself, check out the Safe And Well catalogue online:
Practical Tips for Caring
NHS Website has following practical tips for carers:
Medicines: Tips for Carers.
How to feed someone you care for.
How to help someone you care for keep clean.
How to care for someone with communication difficulties.
How to move, lift and handle someone else.
How to deal with challenging behaviour in adults.