“In October I attended the East Kent Carers’ Forum. I didn’t know what to expect to be honest. Before the event started, I was sitting down having a free health check where my blood pressure was checked.In the morning there was a Question and Answer session. The panellists answered questions from the floor covering care issues ranging from Personal Care Plans, benefits advice and information on services available from the Kent Community Healthcare Trust.
At lunchtime, I was able to move through the exhibition stands where you could find out information on specific health conditions, information about local Intermediate Care Teams and information on other health organisations, picking up helpful leaflets.
After lunch we had pre-picked two workshop sessions. I chose “Caring for yourself when caring for others”. It was a gentle reminder to make time for yourself, to recharge your batteries and not feel guilty about doing it. Most importantly I found out about “Talking Therapies” – a service where you can refer yourself for cognitive behavioural therapy if you are having sleeping issues, for example. I would never have found out about this excellent service, without going to the forum. I was given a form there and then to fill in to access “Talking Therapies”. Now that’s a service.
Other sessions available included First Aid, Manual Handling, Advance Care Planning and information on Power of Attorney. The whole day was so worthwhile, I urge you to go to the next forum event if you can.”
Katy Stiles (Carer)