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Caring for someone? Or being cared for?

Whether you are a carer or being cared for it is important that you receive support.

Caring for someone

Carers UK provide advice and support for carers. They also campaign for carers rights and provide a link for carers across the country to help reduce the feeling of isolation that come with being a carer. You can speak to them for advice by phoning 0808 808 7777. Their website also has lots of information about support including financial support, practical support and equipment. You can find it at www.carersuk.orgOpens new window

Help and advice on money and benefits, health and wellbeing and your legal rights are amongst the information that the Carers Trust can help with. They run local support and have an online community to help carers get all the support they need. You can access this information and the Carers Space online community on their website at https://carers.orgOpens new window.

Swansea Carers Centre  is a specialist voluntary organisation providing support to carers and former carers across the City & County of Swansea. Carers have different needs and the carers centre is able to provide information to help you in your role as a carer. The centre runs groups that allow carers to meet up and share experiences and take a short break from caring. You can find out more about the services they offer on their website at www.swanseacarerscentre.org.ukOpens new window.

PDF Document Information for Carers in Swansea (Are You a Carer?) (PDF, 337KB)Opens new window

 

Care at home

If you are caring for someone in their home or your own home then you will understand how difficult it can be. There are many agencies and charities that can offer advice and help to make sure you are supported in your role. The Information for Carers in Swansea (Are You a Carer) page on this website gives details on many agencies in Swansea that can help you from listening to you, information to help you with your caring role and short breaks from your caring role.

If you are living at home and are finding it harder to cope with day to day tasks then home care services can help. Personal care can include help with getting up and going to bed, bathing, dressing, meals and medication. Practical support may include help with housework, shopping and going out.

The home care services provided by Swansea Social Services can help with this support. In most cases, this service is offered to people who would otherwise have to leave their own homes and live in residential care. Their support can be either long term or short term if you need help after ill health. If you would like to be assessed you should contact the Intake Team for Health and Social Care. If you do not qualify or would prefer other arrangements then there are a number of other agencies across Swansea that can help.

You can find out more about the care at home services that are available in Swansea on the Care at home pages of this website.

 

Respite care

However much the caring relationship means to you, caring can sometimes be tiring or stressful and you feel in need of a break or rest.  A short break offers you and the person you care for time out from your normal routine and a chance to have a rest and change of scenery.  A Carers Needs Assessment can help you decide what support you may need. The options for respite are varied, from day services in the community to overnight and short breaks. Swansea Social Services offer a number of options or you can organise your own respite or contact other agencies who can also offer support. You can find out more information on the options available to you on the Short Breaks (Respite) for Adults page of this website. If you would like to speak to someone for advice or would like help from Social Services you should contact the Intake Team for Health and Social Care. 

You can contact the Intake Team for Health and Social Care by phone on 01792 636519. They are available Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm and on a Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. You can also email them at intake@swansea.gov.uk or contact them by SMS on 07796 275412.

 

Residential care

Before you make the decision to move to a care home you, your carer or a relative should ask Social Services for an assessment of your care needs. Knowing what sort of care and support you need will help you to choose a care home which is right for you. Or there may be support that can be provided for you in your own home that could help you to continue to live there rather than move. If you would like to speak to someone for advice or would like help from Social Services you should contact the Intake Team for Health and Social Care. 

You can contact the Intake Team for Health and Social Care by phone on 01792 636519. They are available Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm and on a Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. You can also email them at intake@swansea.gov.uk or contact them by SMS on 07796 275412. You can also find more information about choosing a care home on this website at www.swansea.gov.uk/carehomes.

Choosing the right care home for you is an important decision. Age Cymru have lots of guidance on their website on the types of home that are available and how to find the best one for you. You can find the information on their website at www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/home-and-care/care-homesOpens new window or phone their advice line on 08000 223 444.

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