Are you a carer or cared for? Do you care for someone who could not manage without you or are you someone that is cared for?
It is important that carers stay as fit and healthy as possible. We want to help carers however we can only do this if you let us know you are a carer and register yourself as a carer.
Under NHS regulations all GPs are required to compile a register of carers. This identifies carers and their needs so that support can be offered when needed if you care for a relative, friend or neighbour who is dependent on that help. The person being cared for may be handicapped, have a debilitating physical or mental illness or be in frail health and can be any age.
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 for the carer. We further 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 and not least, a listening ear when things get too much.
Adult Care Services
As a carer, you are entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A Carer's Assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also look at the needs of the person you 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 Social Services who can provide relevant information and advice, local support services, newsletter and telephone link-line. We can also refer you to Adult Care Services for a carer's assessment.
To do this please register with us as a carer:
- Pick up the form at reception and complete it there.
The Carers Organisations section on this website has lots of useful links to help you.