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Hi, Alex posted this comment and question:-

Hi very new to this so hope this works. I just have a question to throw out there.
Are we asking too much of carers? We provide a lot of acute community care, for some Service users they live with families or families have to come together at times of acute needs to support services to manage people at home.  Is this a lot to ask?
Expecting family to take on this extra support role is sometimes too much and this in turn changes family/friendship relations ships.

How might we do things differently?

sorry for the ramble hope this makes sense.


Comments on: "Role of the family/carer in acute care – are we asking too much?" (1)

  1. Steve – I am just copying your comment on to this post, hope you don’t mind….

    Steve said: December 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I think this is a really important issue. Often before an admission to acute care the family would have been dealing/living with the situation as the crisis developed, this could be days, weeks or even months before mental health services become involved.
    Despite the distressing nature of hospital admission carers have said that they have seen it as some respite for them, also knowing that the person they care for is ‘safe’.
    Of course carers are not just carers, they may be parents, hold down a job or even providing care for other members of the family (e.g. elderly parents).- it would be exhausting!
    We need to appreciate and value what carers are doing prior to services becoming involved and involve them in care planning thereafter, especially if the support is to be offered at home. I think family members need to be given the choice to say that they need a break, even if this means that hospital admission is then needed.
    Carers will need support in their own right , including information education. Referrals to support services should be made (with permission) straight away.


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