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New website launched to support carers in Northern Ireland

Author: Leila Hawkins
10 July 2017

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) has just launched a new website with key information specifically for carers and family who support those with palliative care needs.

One in every eight adults is a family carer in Northern Ireland.  The Caring for Carers website has been designed as a key resource, with eight sections and containing videos, downloads, links and information that have been created by a team led by Professor Peter Hudson from Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with AIIHPC and a working group made up of carers, health and social care professionals, and charities.

Speaking at the launch of the website, Karen Charnley, AIIHPC Head of Institute, said:

“We are delighted to announce the launch of Caring for Carers, which represents another key stepping stone in providing information to the public on palliative care. Family carers play a huge and critical role in caring for people with palliative care needs and it is fitting we should launch this website which is dedicated to the amazing work that carers do on a daily basis.”

“One of the core goals of AIIHPC is to foster strong cross-sector partnership and collaboration and Caring for Carers provides another example of the strength of this approach. It also adds another core component to The Palliative Hub and brings it closer to being the comprehensive resource for people with palliative care needs.”

Professor Peter Hudson, Queen’s University Belfast who led on the development of the resource, stated:

“One of the most important things people confronting the end of their lives want is to be assured that their family will be well supported. Family caregivers need to know how to access support services and where to obtain key information to assist them manage the role of supporting their relative or friend. This new resource ‘Caring for Carers’ meets these needs by offering an evidenced based, reliable and easily accessible resource for family caregivers of people with life limiting conditions.”

For more information visit Caring for Carers

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