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Carers Direct

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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you

DO you LOOK AFTER SOMEONE OR IS SOMEONE LOOKING AFTER YOU?

A carer is a person of any age (including children) who provides unpaid support to a partner, parent, relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t get by without their help. This may be due to old age, frailty, disability, a serious health condition, mental illness or substance abuse.

Many carers do not see themselves as carers because they see themselves as a parent, a spouse or partner, a son or daughter, a relative, friend or neighbour.

BUT 1 in 10 of the population is a carer.   And as a result many carers often miss out on services, support, advice and benefits which may be available and may help.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Free Annual Flu Jabs

Screening and health checks

Flexible appointments

Referral to OUR CARE SUPPORT WORKER

 We can refer you to our care support worker, Ann Boss who comes to the surgery every Wednesday to see carers. She can provide you with local and national information on services available including benefits and financial information as well as local events and activities for carers. She can arrange emotional support which includes counselling sessions with specially trained counsellors, a telephone call back service as well as other support for emotional wellbeing and relaxation.

   SO HELP US TO HELP YOu

If you are a carer or rely on someone to care for you please fill in the form below and return it to the practise so that we can make a note on your/their medical records to ensure that you/they do not miss out on any benefits or service entitlements.

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?

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone
0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/carerslives/updates/pages/carersdirecthelpline.aspx
Email
CarersDirect@nhschoices.nhs.uk
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.



 
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