Council approves support measures for carers

The Council has agreed a refreshed Midlothian Carers Strategy, which seeks to provide more targeted support to the many unpaid carers who fulfil a vital role in caring for their relatives and friends in Midlothian.

The strategy is in line with the new Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, a key piece of Scottish Government legislation that extends the rights of adult and young (unpaid) carers across Scotland.

Help to stay in your own home

The Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership want to help people to stay in their own homes for longer and are keen to support self-management of long-term conditions, whether that be by offering Peer Support, tapping into new Assistive Technologies as a way of monitoring conditions, or offering breaks so people can have a life outside of caring.

Offering support to carers

Cllr Margot Russell, in her role as Carers Champion, said: “The care system has always been heavily dependent on the input of family and informal carers.  With increasing emphasis now on supporting people for longer in their own homes it is increasingly important that we proactively reach out to carers to offer support.

Assessing our priorities

“Our priorities lie in increasing carer identification and support; improving access to breaks from caring; reducing health inequalities and financial hardship, and having a more systematic approach to Emergency Planning.

Carers are highly valued

"By rethinking how we prioritise our services, we can ensure that we are providing the best possible support for carers, who are highly valued in Midlothian.”

The full strategy document can be viewed on the Midlothian Council website under 'Meetings'.

19 Dec 2017