Monday, 9 March 2020
The Carers Lounge at St Mary’s Hospital is run by Carers IW and since the lounge was opened two years ago the team has supported 1200 carers and see approximately 65 new carers every month.
Many people on the island are caring for a relative, a neighbour or friend and are not aware of the support available to them.
Caring for someone has an impact on many aspects of a person’s life and when the cared for person is admitted into hospital it can cause extra stress, worry and upset.
The Carers Lounge recognises the pressures of caring and offer unpaid carers information and a range of support. They are open to all carers of adults regardless of their funding issues.
Carers can visit the lounge and talk to the team in confidence about any issues they are facing and want support with.
Sarah Hart, Team Leader for the Carers Lounge said “Carers are often the person sitting by the hospital bed every day, sometimes for many hours, checking that the patient has eaten enough, or helping with tasks and care at the bedside.
We are here to listen; carers often come to the lounge stressed, upset and worried. We help them understand what is happening and offer a ‘safe space’ to reflect.
We communicate with medical and other professionals to find out specifics and obtain clear answers for carers. We help carers to know their legal rights, negotiate the Benefits System and finance arrangements and understand the value of Carers Assessments and Power of Attorney.
We can provide practical help such as a Carers Card to help with flexible visiting, parking and low-cost meals in the hospital, refreshments and a bed for an overnight stay, if required. We also connect carers to our Carers IW Community Team, so that after discharge from hospital, support for the carer is ongoing.
If you are a carer or are not sure about any aspects of your caring role in someone’s life, please pop in to see us. We are situated inside the entrance to Appley Ward; just follow the yellow signs.
We look forward to meeting you”