Caskgate Street Surgery has launched a campaign to identify patient carers who may be family members or juveniles.
Are You a Carer?
If you are please let the surgery know — we may be able to help you. There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring.
Caring for a parent at home
You may find the following 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 a 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 on 0808 802 0202, see www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/carerslives/updates/pages/carersdirecthelpline.aspx or email CarersDirect@nhschoices.nhs.uk for more advice. Lines are open from 8.00am to 9.00pm Monday to Friday, 11.00am to 4.00pm at weekends, and calls are free from UK landlines.
Carers support groups
These groups can direct carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role, including:
- Benefits for the person you care for. Advice and information on helping the person you look after to receive the benefits that they are entitled to.
- 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.