On September 5th we at Hiyos took part in a brilliant open day at the West Middlesex University Hospital site. The open day celebrated being healthy and active, and ran an exciting programme of events for all ages.
Not only did we have our own stand to show people all the innovative things we’re doing at Hiyos, but also we sneaked up on others and pleaded with them to tell us about their work – and we managed to capture it on film! We’ve also included some useful links to services in your area.
Bear with us – the atmosphere was SO buzzy at the show, that you may need to give the volume dial a nudge…
IAPT – Support for mental health
For more information, check out https://www.hounslowiapt.nhs.uk
Support for diabetes, and tips if you are at high risk of diabetes
For more information check out https://www.diabetes.org.uk
Cancer support – The Mulberry Centre
For more info, check out: https://www.themulberrycentre.co.uk
Support and advice for carers
For more info, check out: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20115/supporting_you_through_difficulty/1611/ways_to_support_your_independence
Drug and alcohol support services
For more info check out: https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/service/addiction-recovery-community-arc-hounslow/
Mental health and pregnancy
For more info there are lots of support services you can contact – including Apni, bacp, Mind, Samaritans, Netmums
Chronic disease workshop – Healthwatch
For more info check out: https://www.healthwatchhounslow.co.uk
There are lots of resources for carers in the Hounslow borough.
Hounslow Council publishes a regular factsheet called Information for Carers. It lists local, national and council services, voluntary organisations and other sources of advice and support that may be useful if you look after someone as their carer.
The factsheet includes information on:
- National organisations and Helplines
- Carer Peer Support Groups
- Physical and Mental Health services
- Help with practical caring tasks
- Getting out and about
- Activities and befriending
- Work, money and legal advice
Here’s the latest version of the factsheet!
Also – have a look below at the support group meetings are out there – a chance to support each other …
For plenty of other info:
Do you care for someone?
Dementia – all you need to know…
Millions of people don’t know they’re a carer – are you?
If you are, you could get practical and emotional support that could really take the weight of your shoulders. You may be looking after someone who’s ill, disabled or has health/ substance abuse problems. You might be doing their laundry, feeding them, medicating, or helping in the bathroom, all unpaid. Before you can get support, you’ll need a carer’s assessment.
- an adult carer (adults who care for other adults)
- a parent carer (adult who cares for a child with disability or illness)
- a young carer (someone under 18 who cares for someone like a parent or sibling)
Contact London Borough of Hounslow for an assessment today.
Telephone 020 8583 3100, or email for an assessment here.
Alternatively, you can complete a Carer’s Needs Assessment online using Autonomy. Find out more about Autonomy.
Find out more about carer’s assessment on the Carers UK website
If you are a carer, there’s plenty of support available for you from London borough of Hounslow and organisations like Hestia – Hounslow LIFE.
Get support if you’re someone who cares for a relative or friend:
- Practical support establishing your needs, training and learning opportunities
- Carers’ forums discover and share information with other carers in your area
- Emergency cover support if something happens to you or the person you care for
Here are some expert tips for carers – from Independent Age.
- If you provide unpaid care for a friend or family member, you have a right to a free carer’s assessment.
- If you’re caring for a family member/friend for 35 hours + per week, you may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance and other extra money.
- Ask your GP to make a note on your records. They can give you advice and information about the medical condition of the person you look after. They may also put you in touch with support services provided by the NHS and other local sources of support and advice.
- Ask social services for a care needs assessment for the person you’re looking after, if they haven’t already had one, to see if they qualify for council help. And check that they’re getting all the benefits they’re entitled to.
- Being a carer can be emotionally and physically demanding. It’s important that you take good care of yourself for your own sake but also to give you the strength to go on caring.
- Make sure you get a regular break from caring, even if it’s only 10 minutes, and find out about respite care.
- Charities and carers’ networks can be an invaluable source of practical and emotional support.
- Different types of equipment or home adaptations can make your life easier and help the person you’re looking after to stay safe and independent.
- Create an emergency plan for their care in case you become ill or are admitted to hospital, for example.
And some useful presentations from the Mulberry Centre about what to do if the person you are caring for is seriously ill or dying – how to deal with the subject.
2018 Dementia specific difficult conversations
2018 Carers difficult conversations