Education & Training
Carers have told us what matters to them is having the confidence that knowing the care they provide is safe and meeting the needs of those that care for. Caring can often be thrust upon us at short notice, for example, the sudden illness of a relative which results in a long-term condition requiring ongoing care and support.
Funding and the focus for health and care commissioners is often on the training and development of the paid care work force. At Carers Matter Norfolk, we believe the unpaid care workforce needs as much focus and support as the paid.
Some of the most common reasons for your cared-for to be admitted to hospital are:
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI aka water infection)
- Chest Infection
- Pressure Sores
Malnutrition and a mental health crisis of either the cared-for or carer can also result in a hospital admission. Carers we’ve worked with say they want condition-specific information (e.g. Parkinson’s) but also support with basic care and how to:
- Avoid UTIs, Pressure Sores, Chest Infections and Falls
- Keep the person you care for hydrated
- Protect your own physical health and wellbeing (e.g. back care)
- Support the cared-for to mobilise
- Navigate through the Health and Social Care system
- Communicate with professionals and their cared-for
- Look after their emotional health and wellbeing
- Use technology to find information & advice about the cared-for person’s needs
Our Education & Training Team are in the process of co-developing the Carers Matter Norfolk Learning Portal with carers throughout Norfolk.
Topics on the CMN Learning Portal may include Mental Health & Dementia, Managing Complex Needs, Emotional Resilience, Managing Behaviour, First Aid / Basic Life Support and Nutrition, Fluids and Food Safety.