Care to take advantage of help at surgery?

Bassett Road Surgery in Leighton Buzzard hosted a stand from Carers in Bedfordshire on Tuesday, June 10 in support of Carers Week.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign celebrating and recognising the contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers who look after an ill, frail or elderly relative or friend.

Representatives from Carers in Bedfordshire were invited by thes urgery to explain to patients and carers what’s on offer in Bedfordshire and in particular the help and support that available in Leighton.

A surgery spokesman said: “Bassett Road like other surgeries in the town has a register of carers, but sometimes it’s hard for individuals to see themselves as carers and to ask for help.

“It’s all too easy to shrug off being a carer by saying that you are caring for a loved one, or that they looked after you when you were younger and now it’s time for you to return the favour.

“Take a moment to consider this question – Am I a carer? Answer: A family carer is anyone, of any age, who as a part of their normal life, offers help and support to a relative or friend who is dependent on them.”

Jackie Ridley, Complex Care Nurse at the Practice sees the benefit in working to prevent today’s carers becoming tomorrow’s ‘cared for’.

She has successfully set up a regular monthly schedule for Carers in Bedfordshire to come into the surgery and give practical help, advice and support as appropriate.

These sessions will take place on the last Tuesday of the month from 9am to 11am, starting July 29.