Support for Carers
Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Carers Support Groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carer
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible
Carers Health and Wellbeing Service
Do you support someone who could not manage without you?
If the answer is yes, you are a carer and we are here to support you.
What do we mean by a carer?
A carer is someone who spends a lot of time providing a variety of emotional and practical support to a loved one, family member or friend, because of their disability, physical or mental ill health, substance misuse or because they are elderly and frail, without getting paid.
A carer can be any age – and so can the person you look after.
You do not have to live with the person you care for.
Every caring responsibility is unique to you. Support can mean everything from practical help to emotional support.
If you believe you are a carer then it is important that you inform the practice so we can add you to our carers register and make everyone aware at the practice of your situation.
You can contact reception at any time to inform us that you are a carer; or if your circumstances have change and you are no longer a carer.
A “Carers Clinic” ran by the Carers Health and Wellbeing Service is now being held at the surgery on the last Wednesday of the month.
During your appointment(s) the Carers Health and Wellbeing Service can support you in your caring role. Their friendly, experienced team is here to help you in all kinds of ways, including:
Helping you find relevant services that could support you, or help you sort out a specific issue.
Listening to your views and making sure you get the support you are entitles to or improving the support you get at the moment.
Give you support and information on other services available to you.
If you are interested in making an appointment for the "Carers Clinic" then please contact the surgery on 01530 832 109
For more information, advice or support please call the
Carers Health and Wellbeing Service on: 01858 411 380
or visit: www.carerswellbeing.org