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Carers Corner

 

Are you a Carer?

A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who would not manage without their help. This could be dut to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.

Carers save Social Care and Health 57 billion a year!

Identifying yourself as a carer with your GP pracatice could be a gateway to support that could reduce the stress of your carning role and help you to give the quality of care you would choose to give, reduce your isolation and extend the length of time you are able to continue to provide that care.

The Peel Medical Practice has started a new service called the 'Carers Clinic' in partnership with the Carers Association Southern Staffordshire (CASS). The clinic is held in surgery on the first Tuesday of every month. Patients who are carers can simply ask at the reception desk if they can book them selves into the Carers Clinic.  

 

NHS Choices information:

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.
Online Enquiry Form
http://www.carersdirectenquiry.nhs.uk/

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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