Do you look after someone?
Do you provide help and support to a partner, relative, child friend or neighbour who could not manage without your help due to physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or addiction? If you do, that means you may be a carer.
Children and young people, parents, daughters, sons, spouses, partners and friends can all be carers.
By registering that you are a Carer with the practice, we can give you support, provide you with information about organisations that may be able to help you and let you know about any new services that become available. It is quick and easy to register:-
What to do now:
1. Tell us you are a Carer
Complete the online form here or print and complete the attached form and hand it to one of our receptionists.
Carers Identification and Consent Form
Carers Practice Leaflet
2. Care Direct (Social Services Bristol)
Contact Care Direct to arrange an assessment for the person you care for, including their physical care requirements, aids around the home, personal alarms, meals on wheels and benefits advice. Care Direct can also arrange a Carers Assessment for additional benefits you may be eligible for as a registered carer. Respite care and sitter services can also be arranged.
Tel: 0117 922 2700
3. Carers Support Centre
This is a charitable organisation providing additional help and support for all aspects of your Carer responsibilites and for the person you care for. This includes help filiing in paperwork, arranging respite care, support groups, counselling and advocacy.
Tel: 0117 965 2200
4. Get an Emergency Carers Card
The Carers Emergency Card identifies you as a carer and should be carried at all times. If you are taken seriously ill or you have an accident, anybody who finds you can ring the number of the card and tell the Emergency Communications Team that the person you care for needs help. This team can then provide up to 72 hours of care for that person in their own home. The card does not contain any personal information, only emergency contact number and your carer ID number.
5. Consider telling your employer and other friends and family about your Carer role
You are legally entitled to request flexible working hours as a carer. Telling your employer allows you to access this and other additional support. Telling friends, family or healthcare professionals can often be a helpful way to share some of the strain that can come with being a carer and ensure your own health needs are met.
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If you are a young carer you can get advice on-line from the Carers Support Service's Young carers website: www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk/young-carers/ or Tel: 0117 922 2000
Young Carer Practice Leaflet
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?
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
- Other benefits
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
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible