Pleasley carers miss out on respite service

NMAC11-3056-1''Respite career Claire Aulton, left pictured with Bill and Irene Lowe at the home on Tuesday
NMAC11-3056-1''Respite career Claire Aulton, left pictured with Bill and Irene Lowe at the home on Tuesday

CARERS in the Pleasley area in need of a break are being urged to access a respite care service for their loved ones.

The not-for-profit Carers Sitting Service has been running in Bolsover district for eight years but organisers say take-up in Pleasley parish has been slow.

Staff from the organisation visit elderly and disabled people to provide a range of services, including meal preparation, shopping, prescription collection or just company for the lonely.

Folk can access the Carers Sitting Service through their GP or social services and it costs £12 an hour if privately funded. Users also get one free hour.

Anyone living in the Bolsover district can benefit from a free night-sitting service.

Bridget Smithson, service manager at the Carers Sitting Service, said: “I think this means the world to carers. We really do go above and beyond the call of duty.”

Hazel Cartwright (69), a respite carer at the organisation, said: “We can build up a relationship with people because usually they are visited by the same person every time.

“I do about 10 hours a week and we do everything from visiting garden centres to going for meals.”

For more information, contact Bridget on 01773 873581, email b-smithson@btconnect.com or visit www.carerssittingservice.co.uk.