A new website, called Digital Resource for Carers, has been launched to help carers understand their rights, the support available to them and how to look after themselves while caring for someone.
With more than 23,000 carers in Salford, 6,400 of whom provide more than 50 hours care a week, the new website will provide round the clock help and advice. It is being funded by Salford City Council, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and Salford Royal.
Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for adult services, health and wellbeing at Salford City Council, said:
Dr Tom Tasker, chair for Salford CCG, said:
The Digital Resource for Carers includes guides to caring, information on carers rights and where to go for financial or practical help, how to be an advocate on behalf of the person you’re caring for and information on both local and national technology, products and services to help with caring.
It also has e learning courses to help carers take care of themselves through healthy eating, and building support networks and an app to help carers who share the role to message each other and manage tasks, medication and calendars.
Nationally, Carers UK estimate one in four women aged 50 to 64 have caring responsibilities, compared to one in six men. Caring has a negative effect on health and on finances, with almost one in three or 30% of carers seeing a drop of £20,000 or more a year in their household income as a result of caring (Carers UK, 2014)
To find out more about the Digital Resource for Carers visit carersdigital.org and create a new account by using code DGTL3329.
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