26/10/2022 - Permalink

Winter wellness guide for Shropshire carers launched

Related topics: Adult social care / Partner organisations

A new guide to help unpaid carers throughout the winter season has been published. 

The Winter Wellness Guide for Shropshire Carers 2022, produced by Shropshire’s carers support service, is packed full of information aimed at supporting carers. 

While caring is rewarding and fulfilling, it can be also challenging and exhausting at times, impacting on carers’ wellbeing. 

The guide has been produced to offer that extra support for carers through the winter months, and includes information, advice and support on:- 

    • Flu and COVID-19 vaccinations
    • Keeping warm in winter
    • Cost of living advice
    • Carers assessment
    • Health and wellbeing support

plus links to community organisations who also support carers.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said:- 

“We know that carers across our county make a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable residents and play a vital role in looking after loved one(s) to help them get the most out of their lives.

“Winter can be particularly demanding on many of us, especially on those who look after someone. Shorter days and colder weather mean it’s normal to stay in more and be less active. We’re more likely to become ill from flu and colds, and to feel a bit down. In addition, with the cost of living and energy bills going up, everything can feel overwhelming.

 “We hope our one-stop guide – with useful information, advice and contacts to support you as a carer – will help you throughout the winter months and beyond.

“Thank you for everything you do, we are here to help and make it easier for you.”

Who is a carer?

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid care for another person (of any age) who may be ill, frail, with disabilities, have poor mental health or drugs and alcohol problems, meaning they’re unable to manage without this care and support.

Carers can access the winter guide here: Winter Wellness Guide for Carers 2022 (shropshire.gov.uk)

For more information about support available if you’re caring for someone, visit: Caring for someone else | Shropshire Council

You can also contact Shropshire Carers Support on 01743 341995 or email: shropshire.carers@shropshire.gov.uk