Carers Week, running from the 10-16 June 2019 is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the importance of carers. It highlights the challenges unpaid carers face and recognises the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
BAPEN President, Dr Trevor Smith, says, “BAPEN is fully supportive of Carers Week. It is important that carers receive the right information to enable them to feel confident in eating well themselves but also so they feel empowered in supporting those they care for. At BAPEN we know how much of a difference carers can make - in making sure a vulnerable person gets the nutrition they need, and also, critically, helping to identify when somebody is at risk of *malnutrition. It’s important that carers are appreciated for the amazing work they do and supported appropriately so that they can provide the best care for their loved ones, and themselves, and feel empowered to do so.”
To find out more information, visit https://www.carersweek.org/
*BAPEN has developed a simple malnutrition screening tool that can be used if people are concerned about either themselves or someone who they look after, and there is some simple advice to follow if needed https://www.malnutritionselfscreening.org/self-screening.html