Home Dialysis: Who Cares for the Carer A Roundtable Summary Paper

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NHS Kidney Care commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out ethnographic research into the issues people face when caring for a loved one who has a long-term condition. The results were launched on Carers Rights Day 2012 at a roundtable discussion at the King’s Fund in London, which explored how carers can be better supported.


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This document records the outcomes of a roundtable discussion event that explored the issues faced by people who care for a loved one with a long-term condition, and looked at how carers can be better supported. The main sections of the report are: accepting the role of the carer; the implication of becoming a carer; recognising the carer’s role; the carer’s assessment; support needs; developing services to respond, and; next steps.