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Is it time to create a new nurse role dedicated to helping carers?

Informal carers play a vital role in enabling people with ongoing support needs to be cared for at home, but this has a negative impact on carers' own health and wellbeing. Although community nurses are well placed to identify and support carers, falling numbers of district nurses and the increasing needs of an ageing population mean they have limited time and so focus on patients. This article proposes the creation of a 'carer support nurse' role entirely dedicated to supporting carers.

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:32

Carers, along with patients, should be at the heart of care

Croft appreciates that while caring is a rewarding experience, the responsibility of supporting others can take its toll: indeed, people who provide substantial care are at 50% greater risk of experiencing mental health problems themselves. The burden of caring can be objective and subjective. For carers to fulfil their roles and feel supported doing so, it is essential for nurses to be empathetic and compassionate, and provide information, as well as offering a carer's assessment.

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:10

Innovative employers enhance caregiver benefits

[...]by 2040 the percentage of people aged 65 and older will have nearly doubled to nearly 22%, up from 13% in 2010. According to the Families and Work Institute’s 2016 National Study of Employers, 42% of employers offer elder care resource and referral services and 78% provide some amount of either paid or unpaid time off for employees who need to care for aging relatives. [...]25% of all family caregivers are younger millennials and 50% are under the age of 50.

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:05

Suddenly, You're a Caregiver

[...]parties, including health-care providers, government agencies, care facilities, and financial institutions, may expect or require that your legal authority to make decisions or provide consent be based on more than being a concerned and loving caregiver. The Social Security Administration can give limited decision authority over Social Security benefits through the title of representative payee. [...]there are frequently many misunderstandings about the basics of this arrangement: * You can't get a power of attorney over someone; it has to be given to you.

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:41

Business Should Embrace Paid Caregiver Leave

Professional services firm Deloitte made headlines last year when it unveiled its plan, offering employees up to 16 weeks of paid time off per year to look after a parent or family member as well as for the birth or adoption of a child. AARP also introduced a program under which its full- and part-time employees may request up to two regularly scheduled workweeks of paid time off per calendar year to assist a family member who is ill or needs physical or medical assistance. LĪ] Scott Frisch is executive vice president and chief operating officer at AARP in Washington, D.C.

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:01

Organising and supporting direct payments

This case study gives an example of a well-established direct payments service, managed by Hampshire County Council in partnership with users of direct payments, carers and voluntary sector support agencies.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

The future's bright, but only if we get it right now

The author, from the organisation Rethink, gives his personal views on the current state of the mental health services; what users and carers would like their experience of mental health services to be; and the key areas to tackle in order to improve services.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

Services, but at a price

The Carers and Disabled Children’s Act 2000 promises carers flexibility. But flexibility comes at a cost - local authorities will be charging for carers’ services, writes Gideon Burrows.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

The cost of unpaid caring

Caring takes time and, as we know, time costs. With an ageing population that is living longer, there is less time and less money to be allocated to older people. This article looks at the role and contribution of informal carers to the social care system, and says that more should be done to recognise their skills and knowledge, and better support should be given to help prevent their ill-health, thus helping to reduce the rising cost of formal care to local social services. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

Money going in, but will care come out?

Safeguards needed if informal carers are to be given cash payments to buy care packages. [(BNI unique abstract)]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

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