Hazel Brown, Head of Carers Services and Judith Webb, Head of Homecare took part in the IV Malopolska Silver Economy Congress in Krakow, Poland. The conference focussed on caring for mental health among older people.
Hazel Brown spoke about the needs of unpaid carers and the support that Local Solutions provides and took part in a panel discussion. She outlined how carers are at particular risk of poor mental health and how the support provided by Liverpool Carers Centre - carers’ assessments, a health and wellbeing program and respite breaks for carers through the Mytime scheme - enable carers to better manage their own mental health.
The theme of the conference was ‘Caring for Mental Health in our Regions – A focus on Older Adults’ and was organised in response to the World Health Organisation identifying that mental health issues are one of the most significant public health challenges in Europe.
Hazel and Jude enjoyed taking part in group discussions throughout the conference where they were able to share their experiences and hear about good practice from practitioners working in Poland and across Europe.
“It was a rare opportunity to reflect on how the aging population is perceived and our duty to embrace this as an opportunity rather than a challenge.
The event highlighted the importance of education of the wider society of mental health issues within the older people and fostering services that are integrated, local and take a holistic and individualised approach to meeting needs” Judith Webb, Head of Homecare