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Dementia Friendly Kent

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Carers Insight

To best move forward we would like to understand more about people’s knowledge of and perceptions around ‘Carers’. In order to do this we would be very grateful if you could take time to answer a few questions based around our campaign aims below.

1, Raise awareness amongst Kent communities about recognising ‘Hidden Carers’

Many people we have come across do not recognise themselves as a ‘Carer’, quite often considering what they do to be the normal actions of a spouse or family member, or believing that they need to be doing specific activities or hours to be entitled to support.

2. Encourage local professionals to better understand there are ‘Hidden carers’ out there and think about how we can to support them in their role and help them meet their needs.

Carers come into contact with professionals of all kinds, from the NHS and Social care through to our local charities, private providers and a raft of employers. Yet a number of carers remain unrecognised and without access to services or assessments that may support them to best meet their needs or offer a little respite to meet their own needs and extend their lives.

We would also like to understand more about what people’s perceptions are of what a carers five most pressing ‘needs’ or ‘desired outcomes’ may be.
It is possible that a carer’s perception of their own needs may be different from a professionals.
An example could be: I think that carers need more respite, so that they can take a break from their caring role and consider their own health or wellbeing.

3. Inspire local employers and businesses to consider how they can best support carers as staff members and customers of their services, and recognise opportunities in supporting Carer’s to enable Carer’s to interact better with their business and our communities….

Carers are approx. 1/10th of Kent’s population meaning that approx.. 150,000 adults in Kent provide unpaid care for a loved one in some form and this will be grow as our elderly population increases.
Some businesses already have having effective policies and procedures that alleviate some of the stress relating to caring, Supporting staff who are carers to manage work alongside their caring commitments, which in turn can provide better productivity for employers.

Carers still want and need to access services, to shop, bank and do any number of day to day activities as we all do, making them potential customers as well as employees.
We need to ensure that businesses and services see the importance in helping all customers’ to access their services

We also need to consider our younger carers who again are often overlooked yep providing many hours of unpaid care to relatives.
If you have any information you would wish to share about younger carers please do so below.