Are You a Carer?
A carer is a person of any age (including children) who provides unpaid support to a partner, parent, relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t get by without their help. This may be due to old age, frailty, disability, a serious health condition, mental illness or substance abuse.
Many carers do not see themselves as carers because they see themselves as a parent, a spouse or partner, a son or daughter, a relative, friend or neighbour.
BUT 1 in 10 of the population is a carer. And as a result many carers often miss out on services, support, advice and benefits which may be available and may help.
If you are a carer please let us know by using the online form below - we may be able to help you.
We can refer you to our carer support worker, Ann Boss who comes to the surgery regularly to see carers. She can provide you with local and national information on services available including benefits and financial information as well as local events and activities for carers. She can arrange emotional support which includes counselling sessions with specially trained counsellors, a telephone call back service as well as other support for emotional wellbeing and relaxation.
Supporting Carer’s in General Practice
We are proud to announce that Bridge Medical Centre has worked through the NHS England initiative of “Supporting Carer’s in General Practice”. A voluntary project team was formed from different areas of the Practice who came together to work through six quality markers with a view to improving carer’s health-related quality of life and reducing carer breakdown. We are now proud to publish the current Declaration setting out the key actions and changes we have made. We will return to this project in the Spring with a view to extending its scope further. It has been a very rewarding project and has touched many of the staff who have worked towards our published Declaration.
How Can We Help?
- Free Annual Flu Jabs
- Screening and health checks
- Flexible appointments
- Referral to Our Care Support Worker
Here is a link to the Carer's Support website for further information www.carerssupport.org.uk and their telephone number is 0300 028 8888
Carers Support have now launched a Bilingual Counselling Support to ethnic minority carers who feel they need a safe and confidential space to be heard. For more information visit their website https://www.carerssupport.org.uk/our-services/bilingual-counselling-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.
- 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?
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
- 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