Supporting carers and understanding their needs

Our pastoral care ministry extends to those family members in particular who care for vulnerable adults and who may have their own need for support and guidance. Here, too, adopting the guiding principles of respect and dignity in our contacts is crucial, enabling consideration of what practical support and assistance the church can offer to provide, for example, a short break. Carers are also entitled to an assessment of their own needs from their local authority although this does not guarantee that services can be provided to meet all their needs.

Increasingly churches and other voluntary organisations are being looked to as potential providers of informal support to vulnerable adults and their families so as to avoid unnecessary acute admissions to hospital or institutional care, so it is a good plan to start thinking about what your church or circuit can offer.