A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
We understand that as a carer you will face particular challenges and want to offer you support. Please make sure you register as a carer, at reception.
Some of the services that we currently offer are:
- Annual health check
- Flu vaccination each autumn
- A dedicated carers noticeboard in the waiting room where you can find newletters and leaflets
- A carer champion who is your practice contact and available if you need help or advice
The Carers Champion's is Eileen Singleton and she can be contacted in a number of ways:
By calling 01923 226 011 or by calling into the surgery.
The following websites have lots of very useful information for carers in this area:
www.carersinherts.org.uk Tel: 01992586969
Herts Help Tel:03001234044
Breakaway for Carers- volunatary sitting service 01442454280
Products to assist patients and carers with dementia or memory loss www.unforgettable.org
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?
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 carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible