Do You Look After Someone Who Is ill, Frail Or Disabled?
Are you looking after someone, a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail or disabled and is unable to or has difficulties looking after themselves? Do you give support to someone who has mental health needs or misuses alcohol or drugs ?
If you are, that means you're a carer and by registering that you are a carer with the practice it could mean that we are able to offer you more support
Carers identification forms are available for completion at any of our surgeries.
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?
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
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
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible