This guide Stop Look Care – A Practical Guide to Caring from NHS Surrey Heartlands, is for paid carers. It outlines many of the tasks and responsibilities paid carers undertake, as well as health matters to consider and physical problems to watch out for – coded green, amber or red, depending on seriousness. A host of topics are covered, including nutrition, continence, medication, preventing falls, skin care, etc.
As a family/friend carer you may find it informative and helpful, but note it is for paid carers. There are tasks and processes listed, that are not your responsibility as unpaid carers. For example. there is no expectation that you carry out processes such as catheter care, unless this is something you want to do, feel able to do, and have been trained to do.
This guide can be used as a reference guide for families and carers to promote awareness of certain needs and encourage a referral, if concerns are identified. Care workers/carers are in the ideal position to identify changes in a person’s condition by monitoring them and/or recognising any deterioration in a person’s wellbeing.