Carers have a primary role in looking after people who are ill, disabled, vulnerable or frail. Despite the many burdens that may be placed on people who are carers, they often feel rewarded by their role and see it as an extension of an already caring and loving relationship and wish to continue. Carers can also feel stressed and can suffer physical injury through caring, which in turn affects their quality of life and ability to care.
The government knows from research that carers are providing a substantial amount of care, often on their own and without the support of public services. Legislation and new directives from government have raised awareness of carers' needs and set out requirements for action by local authority and health providers in partnership with carers and organisations who support them.
It is estimated that there are 6000 carers in Clackmannanshire. Only a small percentage of carers have been in touch with the partnership of organisations providing services in the Clackmannanshire area.
Clackmannanshire Council and NHS Forth Valley aim to identify and reach "hidden" carers, by raising awareness, providing public information and ensuring that staff identify carers in need.
When someone who is providing care for friends or relatives is identified by social services, they are offered a Carers Assessment. This is the means by which social service and health service providers can be informed by carers about the care that they provide, the impact of caring on their own lives and the support they need to continue caring.
The Carers Trust provides information, advice and support for carers in Clackmannanshire. Their local office is at Ludgate House, Mar Place, Alloa, FK10 2AD, tel. 01259 226839.
We have a separate web page containing information about Young Carers.
If you are a carer, the Forth Valley Carers card provides identification and recognition of your role as a carer. The card also ensures you are more easily identified by Health and Social Care professionals.
You can also refer to the Scottish Government's document on Self-directed Support: A National Strategy for Scotland.
Service Manager - Adult Assessment, Adult Care
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 452498 / 450000