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Older carers who look after adult children receiving care from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Found Trust share experiences at Westminster

Howard Tidman, carers lead with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust who helped to organise the event. Picture: NSFT

Howard Tidman, carers lead with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust who helped to organise the event. Picture: NSFT

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Older people who look after adult children receiving care from a mental health trust travelled to Westminster to describe the challenges they face.

Six parents from across Norfolk and Suffolk visited the House of Commons for the Parliamentary reception, where they spoke to MPs.

Organised by the Carers Trust, they travelled with staff from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), Suffolk Family Cares and Carers Matter Norfolk.

At the event on Wednesday, October 25, they talked about the pressures of caring in older age, such as their own poor health, loneliness, isolation and financial difficulties.

They also highlighted the types of support which they feel could help.

The Carers Trust published a report following research which highlighted that older carers are often reluctant to come forward for support, struggle to navigate the health and care system and neglect their own health.

Howard Tidman, carers lead with NSFT and who helped to organise the visit, said: “We hope that the event helped to raise awareness of the important role which carers play while also highlighting some of the specific pressures which older carers face, such as financial worries, lack of support, poor health and loneliness.

“We almost always think about carers as being younger people looking after older people, but that is not necessarily the case these days.

“These carers play a vital role while also helping to reduce pressure on health and social care services, so it is essential that we do what we can to support them.”

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