As part of the tailored package of support for one of our carers, a Carer Wellbeing Facilitator was asked to present a complex case at a multi-agency meeting and has shared how all the professionals around the table discussed every aspect of the case in detail to try to come up with some solution based outcomes for the carer and the cared for person.
All of the professionals in the meeting had time to discuss the case and all sides were debated to try to come to decisions around supporting everyone involved. They looked at solutions to the barriers facing the carer and at what extra support could be offered, not just doing what has already been done as it is not working. The group then took a coordinated approach to making decisions and determining next steps as a multi-agency team – including linking with other services to look at external help and support. The carer was offered a Carers Assessment (which is their legal right) – to look at the overall wellbeing of the carer and to also discuss an Assessment of Need for the cared for person if it was required.
A Carer Wellbeing Facilitator will continue to support the carer alongside other services whilst the cared for is assessed and offered support for their own wellbeing. The team agreed to follow up meetings to discuss developments as well and any further actions to be taken forward. The Carer Wellbeing Facilitator feels this way of co-ordinated and solution focussed working will help the carer to continue in their caring role, help to ensure the best outcomes for both the carer and cared for as well as promoting good working practices with all agencies and services involved with the family.
If you think this way of working would benefit you, the person you care for and your family, please speak to your Carer Wellbeing Facilitator who will be happy to give you more information.