Event date: 26/04/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
When you are looking after someone who is ill, disabled or has mobility problems, there may be occasions when you need to lift or move them physically, for example to get them into or out of bed, to bathe them, or to help them into a wheelchair. This is sometimes referred to as 'manual handling'.
It's important to ensure that you know how to do this safely, both for yourself and the person you are looking after. If you don't learn how to lift or move a person safely, you could injure yourself or them.
The most common injuries that carers experience are back injuries, which affect more than a million people in the UK. Back injuries can be painful and take a long time to recover from, and will make it more difficult for you to move around and care for someone.
Lifting someone incorrectly could also hurt them. It could damage fragile skin, cause shoulder and neck injuries, increase existing breathing difficulties, or cause bruising or cuts.
One to ensure your own safety is to make sure that person you are looking after is doing as much as possible for themselves, whilst also remaining safe.
Our Regaining your independence section will tell you more about how people with health problems or disabilities can often be assisted by trained professionals to relearn old skills, and to maximise their independence.
There is specialist equipment which can help you with lifting and handling, such as hoists, stand aids, transfer boards or slide sheets.
Our Equipment to help at home section will tell you more about how to find the right specialist equipment, either privately or with assistance from a trained professional.
You may also be interested in taking a training course, which will teach you safe handling methods.
Your local Community Independence Team, referred to in our Regaining your independence section, will usually have specialist workers to provide training and advice to carers on how to look after someone safely.
The Disabled Living Foundation is a charity that works with people with disabilities and their carers. It offers courses for carers including Introduction to Moving and Handling for Carers.Tel: 020 7432 8010Email: email@example.com
Carers Kensington and Chelsea are the main organisation in Kensington and Chelsea providing information, advice and support for carers.
They have produced an information booklet for carers for 2016.
Westminster have produced an information booklet for carers.
The Carers Network are the main organisation in Westminster providing support, information, breaks and grants for unpaid carers.
The Injury Prevention Service for Carers is for unpaid carers aged 16 and over who care for family or friends, and offers training and advice on lifting and handling, preventing injuries whilst caring, managing existing injuries, and using equipment safely.
The Carers Network are the main organisation in Hammersmith and Fulham providing support, information, breaks and grants for unpaid carers.They have produced the following leaflets with details of support available locally:-
NHS Choices has information about manual handling which will help you to learn how to safely lift or move a person.
Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend.They provide specific advice on looking after your back.