New support for South Ayrshire carers

Thursday 20th June 2019

South Ayrshire health and social care partnership (HSCP) has launched a new strategy to support carers, saying ‘recognition, advice and support’ will be at the centre of the new approach.

The five-year plan was developed in partnership with South Ayrshire Carers Centre, Crossroads and Ayrshire Hospice, staff and people caring for a family member, friend or neighbour.

It’s estimated there are nearly 12,000 carers in South Ayrshire.

Unpaid carers, 43% of whom have a long-term health condition, will be helped by the development of ‘strong support networks’ that will give them support in their caring role.

Social care bosses say they want to move to doing things with carers, rather than deciding things for them.

They hope the strategy will ensure carers are ‘identified and supported’ by being directed to other support on offer. For example, it’s estimated 43% of carers who are entitled to carers allowance are not claiming it.

Councillor Brian McGinley, chair of South Ayrshire HSCP’s board, welcomed the launch of the new Strategy.

"Looking after someone can be a hugely rewarding experience, but it sometimes comes with difficulties, so we need to ensure there is quick access to support.

"All parts of the community – health and social care, Council, employers, family and friends – have a role to play in getting carers connected to the information and support they need.

"The new Adult Carers Strategy builds on the current support that's available to carers across South Ayrshire and provides details on the future direction and development of local support and services over the next five years."