CARERS in the city will be given more support thanks to a council plan.
Portsmouth City Council has released its new strategy as a part of Carers’ Week.
The action plan, launched by city Lord Mayor Frank Jonas, will provide direction and development for local support and services over the next five years.
Director of adult social care at the council Robert Watt said: ‘It is essential that all health and social care services provide a consistent and co-ordinated approach to working with carers and are able to assist them in finding the advice and support they need.’
With more than 17,000 people in the city providing unpaid care and support to relatives, friends and neighbours who are disabled, frail or vulnerable, it was essential that carers were involved in the writing on the strategy.
‘This demonstrates our commitment to carers, recognises the vital role they play in providing much-needed care and sets out the intention to work with carers in developing services which support them in their role,’ said Mr Watt.
The plan is designed to focus on key priority areas that affect carers.
This include, giving them the respect they deserve as expert partners and giving support them at an early stage.
Through input from health and social care staff, it was found that many carers were missing out on their own lives.
To combat this the council is aiming to offer more personalised support for carers and those that they support.
Chief clinical officer Dr Jim Hogan said: ‘We fully recognise that without the support of carers, our health and care system could not cope with the extra demands put on it.’
The council hopes to make sure carers stay well and progress in their lives through a range of activities.