Pathways Carer Support Service is a specialist social care service that supports unpaid Carers who are looking after someone within the last twelve months of life, any diagnosis.
The service supports any Carer, who is caring for someone near the end of their life, by offering practical, social and emotional care and support. The service is fully funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, so there are no costs or charges incurred by the Carer for receiving support and respite breaks.
Pathways Carer Support Service is tailored to suit the Carer’s needs and offers different levels of support. This can range from:
- Short respite breaks (up to 4 hours per week) from their caring role. This support is provided by professionally-trained care support workers
- Providing a listening ear, allowing the Carer to talk to someone about any worries, concerns and their feelings to help identify coping strategies
- Supporting in accessing information, advice and signposting to other beneficial services
- Providing practical help for example - housing, financial, employment and legal matters
- Assistance with emergency situations, care and support at a time of crisis
The Pathways Carer Support Service has many benefits not only for the Carer, but also the ‘cared for’. The service allows the ‘cared for’ person to remain at home as far as possible allowing a person to be cared for in their preferred place. The aim of the service is to:-
- Empower the Carer to enhance their caring skills
- Increase the Carers’ confidence in their caring ability
- Reduce Carer stress and the inability to cope
- Support the Carers’ mental well-being, avoid or minimise Carer crisis
- Reduce isolation of Carers and their ‘cared for’
- Allow Carers to have a life of their own alongside their caring role
- Provide independence and personal dignity for people approaching the end of life
- There must be an identified unpaid primary care giver (they do not need to live with the cared for)
- Cared for must be identified as “End of Life” and be on the GP Palliative Care Register or Gold Standards Framework, with any long term diagnosis - Cancer, Neurological & Chronic conditions
- Carer and ‘cared for’ must be 18yrs+
- Both Carer and ‘cared for’ need to be registered with a GP in the Nottinghamshire County including Bassetlaw
Pathways Carer Support Service will accept referrals from any Health or Social Care Professional or Carer via the Nottinghamshire Carers Hub:
Telephone: 0115 824 8824
Please follow this link to the (MS Word) referrals form.