They are sometimes referred to as OT’s and they might visit the person you care for at home to enable them to become as independent as possible. They are needed because sometimes the cared for can become dependant on being looked after and forget how to wash, clean and cook themselves.
This is someone who will work alongside a family when they go through times of difficulty. They may spend time with a young carer to work through any struggles they have or with the whole family to provide support.
They are referred to as CPN’s. They are based in a Community Mental Health Team, which is similar to a doctors surgery but the person being looked after has mental health problems and not physical difficulties. They may suffer with depression or Schizophrenia. CPN’s may also make home visits.
Home care helps a person in practical ways. For example washing and dressing. However if the person has a mental health problem the home care assistant may become “a listening ear” for them.
Social workers will help you and your family identify support and services you need. This may include home care benefits and breaks away from home. They will also be there to listen to any worries you may have.
The district nurse offers practical help and advice about caring. They may visit your friend/relative you are caring for in the home. They can help in a few areas such as bathing, giving tablets and changing dressings.
Many Young Carers are being bullied in school as a result of their caring role. A report has been carried out to look at young carers and bullying. It estimates that there are 50,000 carers aged between 18 and under in the UK, who are helping to look after a friend or relative.
Some young carers said they had suffered bullying in a number of forms such as being physically hit or grabbed and been called names. Some young carers have even said they have had to change school as the taunting became too much.
Bullies are just cowards, and you should stand up to them. Keeping it to yourself can only make the situation worse and it will not go away. If teachers, parents or support workers are told what is going on they can do things to make sure you are ok.
Childline 0800 1111 - This number is free and will not show on an itemised phone bill.
Childline has a website you can use at: www.childline.org.uk
Childline Bullying Line 0800 449944 (4pm-9pm)
Anti bullying Campaign 0171 378 1446
Do you look after someone with a mental health problem?
Family Support Service
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If you are caring for a friend / relative at home then you are a young carer and we may be able to help
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Can you spare a couple of hours a week?
North Montgomeryshire Volunteer Bureau
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