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 carer support worker, Ann Boss who comes to the surgery regularly 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. A Carer's Information pack is also available to you from Bridge Medical Centre
SO HELP US TO HELP YOu
If you are a carer or rely on someone to care for you please fill out the form here and return it to the practice 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.
Carers Newsletter November 2020
Here is a link to the Carer's Support website for further information www.carerssupport.org.uk and their telephone number is 0300 028 8888
Carers Support have now launched a Bilingual Counselling Support to ethnic minority carers who feel they need a safe and confidential space to be heard. For more information visit their website https://www.carerssupport.org.uk/our-services/bilingual-counselling-support/
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.
- 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?
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.