CARERS

Do you look after someone who is ill, frail, disabled or mentally ill? If so, you are a Carer.

We are interested in identifying Carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that Carers are often “hidden”, looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day-to-day tasks and may not see themselves as a Carer.

We feel that caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating. We believe Carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics, such as entitlement to benefits and respite care, as well as a listening ear when things get too much.

Carers are entitled to have their needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A Carers Assessment is a chance to talk about their needs as a Carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person they care for. This could be done separately, or together, depending on the situation. There is no charge for an assessment.

If you are a Carer, this is an opportunity to let the practice know so that we can update our records and pass on your details to the Carers Service, who can provide relevant information and advice, local support services, newsletter and access to a telephone linkline. We can also refer you to Adult Care Services for a free Carer’s assessment.

If you think this could apply to you, please contact the surgery.

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