Help for carers as pandemic takes its toll

Council News
10:35, Thursday, 19th August 2021

Many carers have been put under more pressure during the pandemic but help and support is available and anyone struggling is urged not to suffer in silence.

The Carers’ Support Service offers a wide range of services and is available to anyone caring for a family member, friend or neighbour.

Support includes information and advice, befriending, counselling, support groups, training and activities and signposting to other organisations for further support.

There has been an increase in people coming forward but there are many more who could benefit from the service.

Tessa Lindfield, North Lincolnshire’s Interim Director of Public Health, said:

“North Lincolnshire continues the renewal and recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We know it has taken a toll on carers – especially the extra worry of keeping the people they care for safe from the virus.

“But help is at hand. The Carers’ Support Service offers a lifeline to people struggling and can provide the help and support to prevent smaller issues escalating leading to a crisis – so any carer who has a worry, no matter how small, should get in touch with the service.

“The NHS and care services are under real pressure. Carers provide a vital role reducing the demand for these frontline services – keeping the person they care for out of hospital or a care home and helping them to continue to live among friends and family.

“Covid-19 is still with us – the rate of infection is almost 400 per 100,000 in North Lincolnshire. Infection control measures remain important as we continue to protect ourselves and others, including people we care for. This includes maintaining safe social distancing, the wearing of face masks where appropriate, excellent hand hygiene and good ventilation.”

Any carer needing help and support can fill in a simple form on the Carers Support Service website or call 01652 650585.