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National Dementia Carer’s Day set to give carers the thanks and recognition they deserve… - 11 September 2014

National Dementia Carer’s Day set to give carers the thanks and recognition they deserve… - 11 September 2014

Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital will be celebrating National Dementia Carer’s Day 2014, which takes place on Sunday 14th September.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid, practical or emotional support to another person due to a health condition or social situation, for long periods of time. This person may be a relative, partner, friend or neighbour.

There are currently 6.5 million carers in the UK and it can be a stressful, demanding and overwhelming experience. However, caring is such an important part of their life. Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life, making an enormous contribution to society and saving the economy billions of pounds by looking after people in their own homes.

National Dementia Carers’ Day has been founded by Dementia UK, Alzheimers Society and SweetTree Home Care Services. The founders are all dedicated to improving quality of life for those living with dementia, but also the quality of life of those caring for a loved one living with the condition. The aim is to raise awareness of and support the role of dementia carers, whilst also giving them the thanks and recognition they deserve.

Along with taking part in National Dementia Carer’s Day, Musgrove Park Hospital has also recently launched a new survey to better understand carers’ needs and take action where necessary. The survey has been put together by the dementia and frailty team, and will sit alongside our other patient feedback forms that can be accessed via Musgrove Park Hospital’s website: www.musgroveparkhospital.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/patient-experience/tell-us-your-views/   

Associate Director of Patient Experience Martine Price said: “At Musgrove Park Hospital, we are committed to improving the way we work with, and support the carers of our patients.

“We know that coming in to hospital can be an anxious time not only for the patient but also for the people that usually care for them. Carers know the patient best; know about their needs, likes and dislikes.  We want to work in partnership with them to ensure that the time spent in our hospital is a positive experience for both carer and patient.

“If carers have feedback to share that either highlights good experiences or offers ways we can improve, we would really like to hear them, and we’ve launched this survey to provide another way for carers to give their opinions.”

National Dementia Carer’s Day and the carers survey are backed up by Musgrove Park Hospital’s Carers Charter which promises carers will be respected, informed and treated with dignity. Staff will also recognise the distress and anxiety caring can cause and will ensure that carers are supported and made to feel welcome.