Supporting unpaid carers in Southend-on-Sea with Carers First’s new pocket guide

Supporting unpaid carers in Southend-on-Sea with Carers First’s new pocket guide

As part of a new campaign, Carers First has supported many people throughout Southend-on-Sea who care for friends or relatives coming home from a stay in hospital with their new pocket guide.

The guide has been crucial in helping prepare unpaid carers who have someone in hospital waiting for discharge, by guiding them through the journey from hospital to home.

Barbara, 77, has been caring for her elderly husband, Brian, for the last few years. Brian experiences slight short-term memory loss and is severely hard of hearing. Barbara reached out for support using Carers First’s pocket guide after Brian was admitted to hospital for hip replacement surgery in December 2021.

She said: “I didn’t know what to do with Brian’s hospital stay and a lack of support – and contact – with staff meant I was struggling to find help when I needed it most. The 1-to-1 support I received from the Carers First was fantastic, I was able to get in touch with local support networks, really helping me during a daunting time.”

With everything a carer needs to know to prepare them for their friend or relative returning home safely and comfortably, the guide explains the hospital discharge process in an easy-to-understand layout, whilst also signposting other support services available for both the carer and the person they are caring for.

People looking after friends or family who have been discharged from hospital in Southend-on-Sea are encouraged to register as a carer with Carers First. You can sign up on the website to access further support or to download the new pocket guide, visit: www.carersfirst.org.uk.

Jamie Langstone
JLangstone@savs-southend.co.uk