SOLIHULL NHS Care Trust has announced a new scheme to take the pressure off local carers.
The organisation will be giving money to certain carers to spend on support services. All carers will be assessed to see of they are eligible for the money. Those who qualify can receive help in a variety of tasks, including household and garden maintenance or respite care.
As part of the plans to ease the burden on carers, the trust has made money available to cover the extra cost of assessments. These will be carried out at the Princess Royal Trust Solihull Carers Centre.
A spokeswoman for Solihull NHS Care Trust said: “All the payments are aimed at supporting carers to have a break, to support them in continuing to provide care or to develop opportunities outside of their caring role.”
Another service which can make life a lot easier for carers is Telecare - a system of sensors which can be installed around a home. The equipment means that the person who needs care is being monitored, and able to call on help, even when their carer is out of the house.