Carers – supporting you to care for others

Carers across Scotland do an amazing job at caring for family members, friends and neighbours. The number of unpaid carers has increased significantly since the beginning of the pandemic with almost 1.1 million carers throughout Scotland.

We want to make sure our carers in Fife feel supported.  The Scottish Government has launched a new Carer’s Wellbeing campaign encouraging carers across Scotland to seek the emotional and practical support that will help them to look after themselves.  We also have a number local measures in place to support unpaid carers.

For more information on the national campaign please visit nhsinform.scot/caring or call 0800 011 3200 (lines open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday). For all the information on what’s available across Fife please visit http://www.fifehealthandsocialcare.org/carers/

Do you have a Power of Attorney?

Today is national Power of Attorney day.

Families across Scotland are being encouraged to arrange a Power of Attorney (PoA) on behalf of their loved ones.

In the event of an illness or accident a PoA is a legal document allowing a nominated person to act or make decisions on a family member’s behalf.

Every year thousands of people across Scotland lose capacity. You can plan for your future by appointing someone with Power of Attorney.

If you are in hospital or a care environment or your own home, no one can act for you – pay bills, manage your welfare or make key decisions unless you have made your plan.

Think and act now.

For more information about about Power of Attorney please consult a lawyer or visit https://mypowerofattorney.org.uk/.  Some people may be eligible for a free service.