The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, defines a carer as someone who provides unpaid care to an adult or disabled child. The cared for person may be a family member or a friend, who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. A carer could be a husband caring for his wife, a parent caring for their child who has care and support needs or a child caring for their parent.
Our Mission Statement is that carers of all ages in Cwm Taf Morgannwg will be recognised and valued as being fundamental in their support of families and communities. They will not have to care alone and will be able to access information, advice and support to help meet their needs, empowering them to lead healthy and fulfilled lives, balancing their care and their life outside caring.
We recognise that there is no typical carer, whether they be young carers, sibling carers, young adult carers, parent carers of children with a disability, working age or older Carers, looking after family partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The care they provide can be physical, emotional or social. Carers are individuals who may not see themselves as carers, but consider themselves above all as a parent, wife, husband, partner, son, daughter, friend or neighbour.
There are a number of ways that acute and primary care settings can support you with information and advice relating to services they provide and those provided by voluntary organisations in the community.
Primary care – on informing your GP you are a carer your practice will be able to store this information in your records. They will then be able to signpost you to support services that are available in your community and other relevant services.
Acute care (hospital setting) – CTM have a Carer’s coordinator that will be able to provide advice/support when someone you care for is in hospital. They work across the different hospital sites and can be contacted via the telephone number/email below:-
David Watkins - Carers Co-ordinator
Telephone Number: 07557930676