Hosted by Carers UK, Carers Rights Day is acknowledged annually to recognise the rights of those who have a caring responsibility to someone who otherwise could not cope.
A carer could be anyone from a friend, family member or neighbour providing unpaid care or support to someone with a physical, mental or substance illness or disability.
Carers Rights Day ensures the needs and rights of all carers are met and supported to maintain their own health and wellbeing.
This year’s theme is ‘Caring for your Future’, aiming to educate carers of their rights and where they can access help and support, and to raise public awareness of the needs of carers.
Did you know that more than 52,000 people in Warwickshire are carers for someone who cannot cope without their help?
At Myton, we know that carers need to be supported in their role of caring for individuals with a life-limiting illness.
All of our services are provided free of charge and we aim to support or improve carers’ mental and physical wellbeing.
Patient and Carer Wellbeing Service
Our Patient and Carer Wellbeing Service is for people aged 18 years+ living with a terminal illness in Coventry and Warwickshire, and their carers.
For carers, we aim to provide the vital support, guidance and information needed to enable them to care for their family member or friend, as well as ensuring their own health and wellbeing is preserved within their caregiving role.
Our Wellbeing nurses are trained and able to work with carers individually to identify where they may need extra support. They are then able to initiate the specific help needed through our internal teams where appropriate or signpost to external services.
This service can only support carers of patients we are supporting in the Wellbeing Service.
Rugby Myton Support Hub
At our Rugby Myton Support Hub we offer The ‘Listening Ear’ Carers Support Group.
This is a safe, friendly, supportive and confidential space to share experiences and advice with others in similar situations.
Running for six weeks, this group is patient led and facilitated by counsellors. Carers meet, support each other, share life experiences, laugh, cry and no subject is off limits.
Also at Rugby Myton Support Hub is Coffee Connexion, an informal drop-in session where anyone can seek advice and support.
These are hosted on Tuesdays 3:30pm-5pm and Thursdays 1:30pm-3pm at our Hub situated on the grounds of St Cross Hospital in Rugby.
At our Warwick Myton Hospice, we provide planned short-term temporary respite care for people living with a life-limiting illness who wish to give their carers a rest.
Patients need to be registered with a Coventry or Warwickshire GP and cared for by family or friends at home.
We provide an opportunity for a planned respite stay of 1 week with a maximum of 2 weeks per year to give carers a break.
Citizens Advice Service
We are proud of our collaboration with Coventry Citizens Advice and Macmillan to provide this service, accessible to all Myton patients, as well as their loved ones and carers.
This service offers practical advice and guidance about benefits, finances, housing or social and welfare issues, to guide patients and their carers through some of the issues they face to ease their worries.
The free service is based at Coventry Myton Hospice, however the advisor can travel to all of The Myton Hospices’ sites as well and making home visits.
We know it is vital for carers to receive support to ensure they can maintain their own physical and mental wellbeing.
We want to know what carers find important to help shape our services for carers. If you are caring for someone living with a life-limiting condition and is aged 18 or over, please complete the survey below.
We hope our services enable carers to seek the help they need and aid in the everyday stress caring can bring.