12th June 2012 – “Chat and pamper” session

Posted on June 12, 2012 by AireAdmin

A ‘Chat and Pamper’ session is being hosted by Airedale Hospital as a treat for people who devote time to caring for someone.

It will be held in room 4, in the hospital’s Education and Training Centre, between 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm, on Tuesday 19 June, as part of National Carers’ Week.

Carers can drop in and have a chat with other carers; get advice, information or support from a representative of Carers’ Resource; have a hand massage and some refreshments.

Carers’ Resource will also have a display at the top of the hospital main entrance stairs.

Karen Dunwoodie, patient experience lead at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a good opportunity for carers to have some quiet time and respite away from their caring duties – a bit of pampering can work wonders.

“We planned this event as we really value the work of carers’ and want to recognise them in some way during Carers’ Week.

“We are also aware that many members of our staff often balance the demands of family, work and caring and can feel pulled in many different directions so this is also an opportunity for them to get extra support if they need it.”

For any queries about the event, you can contact Karen on tel: 01535 294027.

Sarah Baker, a new carer support worker has just joined Airedale Hospital. Her role is to provide confidential support and guidance on topics such as benefits, equipment, respite, holidays, social care services, local groups, lunch clubs, employment, training and carers’ rights to unpaid carers. She works on wards 1 and 6 and can be contacted on 01274 449660, or at sbaker@carersresource.org.uk

Other carer support workers at the hospital are Pat Dew, attached to Ward 5, who works specifically with carers of stroke patients and Fiona McKinnon-Evans who works with the motor neurone clinic.