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What do you feel are the basic needs of carers?

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Doctor visits to the home

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CallendersgalAdministrator in reply to calista

I think that's a vital thing calista. I watch my sister really struggle when she needs to get her husband to the GP surgery. And she's old school so really can't deal with all that goes with telephone and video appointments. On one occasion when she'd had a really bad fall and cracked her ribs, the paramedics turned up, didn't assess the situation properly and just left her floundering with her husband with severe dementia.

I live in Ireland. Gps not so good at house visits .here .

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CallendersgalAdministrator in reply to calista

Nor here any more calista. In fact visits to the surgery are a bit of a luxury!

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GP doing home visits and continued general support from the medical profession as needed.

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CallendersgalAdministrator in reply to sassy59

Absolutely agreed sassy59, especially for long term carers and their cared for.

More practical and emotional support from Community Nurses and GP.

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CallendersgalAdministrator in reply to glo42

Absolutely glo42!

Information leaflets/booklets on where to get what help there is already available.

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CallendersgalAdministrator in reply to nightingale-56

Yes that would be so helpful, especially if it could be given to new carers, maybe by GPs or social services.

More support from Gp’s , more interaction between Gp’s and respiratory teams and ideally one support person to liaise with as I never know who to speak to , who has said what and often get conflicting messages from Gp and respiratory team

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CallendersgalAdministrator in reply to Thepainterswife

It really is vital to have proper liaison. I think the current situation for everyone in getting GP help is lamentable at present and it's extra vital for carers and the cared-for. Too many things are slipping through cracks. It wouldn't be quite so bad if there was better and faster access by phone to a GP, and more empathy from reception staff in surgeries. I've had to actually try to teach my sister how to be more assertive as she was often in tears after being fobbed off by staff who really didn't 'get' that she needed priority. It's frustrating and causes a great deal of stress.

Exactly, I can be assertive if necessary but it is so stressful Just to give one example If hubby doesn’t get enough antibiotics I ask to speak to doctor, doctor says he was only prescribed a certain med for one week , I say no mr Raza ( consultant) said one week is not enough for my husband Dr says but then Mr ….. ( different consultant ) prescribed one week in 2018 Next conversation re same problem ,is with a different Gp looking back to different letters sent at different times from different consultants . after 5 years dealing with different consultants, different Gps I’m just totally baffled One person with access to all my husbands copd history all in one place would be a godsend ! As for actually seeing a Gp we don’t even expect to any more , a couple of weeks ago I rang the surgery to report hubby was unwell and his legs and feet were badly swollen and breaking down at one point , they’ve been swollen before but never this bad and in the past have gone down after a few days . A friend , a retired nurse told me to get the doctor ASAP as it could be an indication of something very serious , she was very concerned The receptionist told me to send in a photo of his legs 🤦🏻‍♀️He was then sent , without any examination of legs , checking of heart rate or questioning re his kidney function a course of water tablets ( which have made very little difference) When are Gps going to do what they are well paid to do - actually come out and examine very sick people ??

To listen and help support and form social inter action. For. The carie . To help personal care

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CallendersgalAdministrator in reply to insanetigger68

Great points insanetigger68! 👍