One of the things we know about carers is that many often don’t recognise themselves as being one — in other words, they don’t realise that they are a carer. They don’t know about available help until quite late on, often after their own health and wellbeing has become badly affected.
Especially for adult carers, we know that the one service they are almost bound to come into contact with is GPs, if not for their own health then for the health of the people they are caring for. So it makes sense that GPS should identify carers and refer them to their local carers organisation for support.
That’s all they really have to do. It’s as straightforward as saying: “Well Mrs McGonigle, you’re doing a brilliant job of looking after your husband but I’m wondering whether there are things we could do to help you too. Did you know…
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