Commenting on the introduction of an ‘app’ for carers by Wirral Council, Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “How disappointing that, having told carers with relatives at Girtrell Court, to fend for themselves, the Council should now decide to lecture the rest of us that ‘caring can be a daunting process’. Either the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing or, more likely, nobody thought about the families at Girtrell Court before sending out this press release.”
From: Glover, Nicholas
Sent: 10 August 2016 11:33
Subject: Are you caring for someone? Wirral to increase support for carers with free App
MEDIA RELEASE FROM WIRRAL COUNCIL
10 August 2016
· ‘Jointly’ app available for free to Wirral carers
· Brings together appointments, files, medication details
· Council working with charity Carers UK
Are you caring for someone? Wirral to increase support for carers with free App
Wirral Council is joining forces with a national charity to offer support to carers via an online ‘app’.
The app, which can be used on tablets and mobile phones, is called ‘Jointly’ and will help with setting up appointments, saving files and medical notes, managing medication and supplying information about your rights as a carer.
Managed by Carers UK, it includes the Upfront Guide to Caring, a simple tool which helps new carers to navigate the Carers UK website, and About Me, an online e-learning course to help people who feel overwhelmed by their caring responsibilities.
Cllr Chris Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: ‘Caring for a relative can be a daunting prospect, but there is a great deal of support available. As well as accessing short breaks, home care and day care, carers can now use Carers UK’s free online app to manage their resources and their time.
‘The Jointly app helps carers to create a circle of care for their loved ones, bringing together information about medication, care files and appointments in one place.
‘This supports carers and loved ones to be independent and live well, as we have pledged through our 2020 council plan.’
To find out more about the Jointly app, visit http://www.carersdigital.org and create a new account using the free code DGTL2844.
To find out more about the support available for carers in Wirral, visit http://www.wirral.gov.uk/carers or contact the Carers Helpline 0151 670 0777.
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For further information contact Nick Glover, Press Officer, Wirral Council.