Carers across the Wakefield district now have access to a suite of online resources to support them in their caring role.
The Digital Resource website, developed by Carers UK, is free to access. The site hosts a mass of information, e-Learning and other tools to support local carers to access advice and information relevant to their situation - whilst also ensuring they are supporting their own health and wellbeing.
To help ease of access, a care co-ordination app is also available through the website. The app, known as Jointly, provides a central place for a circle of carers (i.e. family members/friends/neighbours) to share and manage important information about the person that they are caring for. For example, it allows carers to set up appointments, allocate tasks, save files and notes, manage medication and lots more.
The Digital Resource can be accessed by visiting: carersdigital.org and through using the free access code DGTL7298.
Maria Green-Lynch, Health Improvement Specialist at Wakefield Council said: "We have invested in the Digital Resource for carers as locally we would like to improve on the identification of unpaid carers and the support available to them at the earliest opportunity. We acknowledge that some carers, for example working carers, prefer to access information online rather than attending a service, and therefore the Digital Resource is ideal for them. The roll-out of the Digital Resource overall supports our Wakefield district-wide Carers Strategy, which operates under the Connecting Care+ programme.”
Justine Bilton, Chief Executive at Carers Wakefield and District said: “The Digital Resource site will be a valuable asset for the carer’s community in Wakefield. The site will help carers support those who they care for, understand their rights as carers and also ensure they are looking after their own health and wellbeing. We would recommend any local carer to visit the site and use the free access code available.”
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For more information on the Digital Resource, please view the leaflet here.
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