Celebrating 21 years of Caring in Staffordshire
Tracy’s Story and Very Special Fundraiser
CASS’s new Chief Operating Officer Karen Leighton writes…………..
I have been contacted by a former Carer – Tracy Oulton. Tracy said that I supported her 12 years ago when she was caring for both her sister, who had at the time gone into a coma, and her mum who had received a diagnosis of dementia ( her sister is now in full time residential care but sadly her mum passed away three years ago). Tracy said that I was such a help to her at the time all this was happening (I was working as an advice worker for CASS, also conducting home visits) that she would now like to ‘repay’ CASS for all the help and emotional support she received. Tracy said that she wasn’t in a good place and it is only now that she has got her life on track that she feels she can give something back. Tracy now works at Crispin Court Care Home in Stafford as an Activities Co-ordinator – ‘it’s a fabulous place’ says Tracey.
Tracy is shaving her head on Friday 19th October at 2pm at Crispin Court. She has a ‘go fund me’ page set up for donations. She has also collected sponsors from friends, family and people living at the Centre. So far, she has raised approximately £250, solely for CASS. Crispin Court staff and residents are totally behind Tracy who has jointly raised funds for other Charities in the past including the ambulance service but this time feels she wants to raise funds herself for a local worthy cause. How lovely of her !
Thank you Tracy so much, from everyone at CASS.
“A Carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help due to illness, disability, mental illness or a substance misuse problem.”
It may be that you are assisting someone with any single or combination of the following duties:
* Emotional support like listening and talking
* Household chores like cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing, shopping
* Medical care such as helping with medicine dosages or collecting medications
* Personal care like feeding, getting to the toilet, washing, dressing
* Physical care ensuring the person can move around their home
If you are unpaid and providing care then the chances are that you a most definitely a Carer in the true sense of the word. A Carer is different from a paid professional carer, who may be an employee of a Care Provision Company or work on a self-employed basis.