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Family carers

Population Outcome: Family carers in Suffolk and North East Essex Live Well

People in Suffolk and North East Essex should have the same opportunity of good health and wellbeing, dignity and respect regardless of their circumstances, and this should include people of all ages who are providing unpaid care, who currently have poorer mental wellbeing and are more affected by the socio-economic determinants of health.


Data about Unpaid Carers

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Financial strains on carers

Taking a sensitive approach

Caring for all ages

Family carers


Healthwatch Suffolk - Suffolk Family Carers Military Families in Stress

This project aims to support serving forces personnel, based in Suffolk, to overcome the stresses a caring role can bring. This report presents the findings of the Healthwatch Suffolk evaluation.

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Looking after ourselves

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Difficulties in accessing healthcare

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Support for carers

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Respite care

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Published Evidence

Carers survey

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Older Carers

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‘Sandwich’ Carers

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Young Carers

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Impact of Inequalities - Carers

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Further Reading

Further Information

Useful Organisations

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Our Ambition

What we know matters to family carers  and why

What matters?Why?
I am valued Recognising my role means I can access the support I need in my home, in my work or education, and in my community.

Valuing my role means my contribution to the person I care for is respected and encouraged.
I have the support I need to continue caringAssessment of my needs and high quality, flexible emotional and practical support keeps me well and able to continue caring.

Breaks from caring enable me to recharge and do the things that meet my own personal needs.

When the person I care for is happy, I am happy.
I have the information I need for my health and wellbeing and the person I care forI need the right information on how best to look after myself so that I can look after others.

Having the right information on the health and wellbeing of the person I care for means that I can give the best care, and I can seek help early when necessary.
I am treated as an individual Treating me, my family, and the person I care for with dignity and respect, recognising my culture, characteristics and life circumstances, means our care and support is inclusive, sensitive and responsive to my needs.
I am seen and heardBeing an equal partner in the care of the person I care for means they get the best care possible.

Compassionate professionals who focus on my needs as separate from the person I care for, and giving me choice and control, enables me to have good health and wellbeing.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will provide information on carers’ rights and support available through traditional and non-traditional routes including faith settings and community groups, in digital and non-digital formats, and fully accessible for diverse communication needs.We will encourage carers to self-identify to health and care services, education and workplaces, and community-based settings so that their needs can be understood and they can access the assessment and support to which they are entitled.
We will give health and care staff, managers and employers, and wider public sector and community services including faith settings, information and advice on how to recognise a carer, have conversations, and offer kind, sensitive culturally competent support.We will co-produce high quality trauma-informed services for carers.
We will ensure carers can have breaks, including breaks in their own homes, when they need them.We will support carers and the people they care for to maintain their health and wellbeing before, while waiting for, during and after treatment to help them stay well and recover well.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

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Relevant plans and strategies

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