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Carers Direct

Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you Click here to download registration form.

 

Definition of a Carer

Individual irrespective of age who provide or supervise care on a regular basis for a child, relative, partner or neighbour who is unable to manage on their own due to illness, disability, frailty, mental ill health, impairment or substance misuse.

A young carer is someone under 18 whose life is restricted because of the need to take responsibility for a family member due to sickness, disability, mental health, and alcohol or drug problems.

The term carer does not apply to a paid care worker or a volunteer from a voluntary agency.

The person being cared for may or may not be registered with the practice and therefore the practice will not be able to identify routinely when the caring role has ceased. Periodically the carer may be asked to reconfirm their status. The practice actively aims to identify carers and to help them access information and 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.

  • 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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