Trust is supporting Carers Rights Day 2016

Patients and staff are welcome to visit the Carers Rights Day stands at the Lister on the 24th November. There will be one in Lister’s main entrance corridor and another in the Strathmore Wing. Representatives from organisations such as Hertfordshire Health and Community Services, Cross Roads, Money Matters and Carers in Hertfordshire will be taking part.

Our carers support team is looking to increase awareness of the rights carers have. As an unpaid carer for a family member or friend, carers have the right to:

  • A carers assessment from social services
  • Clear, concise, consistent information and advice
  • Co-ordinated services that are easily accessible
  • Be able to look after their own health and well-being
  • Be able to continue work and be supported in the work place

Carers support team

Above: Trust’s lead resuscitation officer Jane Knight (left) and carers lead Jodie Deards (right)

Jane Knight, lead resuscitation officer at the Trust, is a carer for her daughter. She said:

“Often you begin on the journey as a carer without realising. Then, as you juggle work and caring, you start to get tired and run down – you begin to feel as if you can’t cope. It is important for carers to be able to find the help and support they need.”