Carers who have loved ones or friends in Salisbury District Hospital will have an opportunity to share their experiences over a cup of coffee and get advice and support from specialist staff in a new “Carer’s Café” that will run twice a month.
The carer’s café, which will start on July 16, will take place in Springs Restaurant between 2pm and 4.30pm every second and fourth Thursday of the month and is aimed at carers of any age.
Dr Yasmin Kaur, Elderly Care Registrar said: “Carers are true unsung heroes and nationally there are many such people providing some sort of support or help as a carer to family or friends.”
“The aim of the café is to provide a place for carers who specifically have loved ones or friends in hospital to come together, eat, drink and talk in a stress free environment. We also have volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and Carers Support Wiltshire who will be on hand to answer any questions or to signpost to the appropriate help in the community.”
Dr Kaur said: “This is just a start. We hope that once we are up and running, carers can let us know what they want and can influence the way the carer’s café develops in the future. Carers just need to come along to Springs Restaurant on level two of the hospital on the days and times they are running and look out for the team who are running the sessions.”