Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.
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.
Information on finacial help available
Here at the surgery we maintain a register of all our patients who are caring for others.
The reason for this is to identify those carers, so we ensure they are offered the help and advice that is available to assist and support them in their valuable caring role.
If you are a child or adult caring for someone, at home or elsewhere, who has a physical or mental illness, has learning difficulties, suffers alcohol or drug addiction problems or who is disabled, elderly or frail ...
YOU ARE A CARER
Most carers do not recognise themselves under the term "carer". They perceive themselves as just helping someone who could not remain living in their own home without the help they provide. A carer can be an adult or a child. Many carers juggle paid work or study with their unpaid caring responsibilities. The term "carer" should not be confused with that of an employed care worker or someone who acts as a volunteer for an organisation.
To register as a carer please ask at reception for the relevant form.
Please ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do you need a health check or advice relating to your own health needs?
If so, arrange an appointment with a practice nurse.
2. Do you need information about services and organisations to help and support you in your caring role?
If so, information is available from reception, the waiting room area and through the practice website.
3. Are you aware of the benefits that may be available to you or the person(s) you care for to help with the cost of caring?
If not, information is available from Carers Gloucestershire, Carers UK and Gloucestershire County Council.
4. Do you need someone to talk to in confidence about your caring situation?
If so, contact a carer's support worker at Carers Gloucestershire or Gloucestershire Young Carers.
5. If you provide a substantial amount of care, do you know about your rights to a carer's assessment through Gloucestershire County Council?
If not, contact the adult helpdesk on (01452) 426868.
6. Are you aware of the help and support available through Guide and PALS?
Guide is the health, soical care and disability information service for Gloucestershire.
PALS are the Patient Advice and Liaison Service for Gloucestershire providing confidential information, advice and support for patients, families and carers.
Telephone contact can be made on (08000) 151548 or (0845) 6583888.
SUPPORT AND ADVICE ORGANISATIONS
Carers Gloucestershire is a carer-led, voluntary organisation providing advice, information, support and advocacy to all carers in Gloucestershire. It aims to improve and enhance quality of life for carers. Information regarding and access to free training courses can be obtained by carers who register with this organisation.
2nd Floor Messenger House
35 St Michaels Square
Tel no: (01452) 386 283
Fax no: (01452) 522 582
Gloucestershire Young Carers supports children and young adults aged 8-25 years across the county with their caring role, raising awareness of their needs and providing a network of support and social activities.
Gloucestershire Young Carers
7 Twigworth Court Business Centre
Tel no: (01452) 733 060
Carers UK are the voice of carers. This organisation aims to improve carers'lives by fighting for equality and recognition for carers. Carers UK campaigns for change and provides information and advice on carers'rights and how to get advice.
20 Great Dover Street
Tel no: (020) 7378 4999
Fax no: (020) 7378 9781
Carers line tel no: (0808) 808 7777
GUIDE + PALS Guide is the health, social care and disability information service for Gloucestershire. Pals are the patient advice and liaison service for Gloucestershire, providing confidential information, advice and support for patients, families and carers.
GUIDE + PALS
5220 Valiant Court
Gloucester Business Park
Tel no: (08000) 151 548 / (0845) 6583 888
Gloucestershire County Council's community, adult care and children and families helpdesks can provide advice regarding benefit availability and entitlements to assessment of the needs for carers and those being cared for. A wealth of information regarding various community services is available from them.
Adult helpdesk tel no: (01452) 426 868
Children + families helpdesk tel no: (01452) 426 565
Tel no: (01452) 426 000
Fax no: (01452) 425 148
Tel no: (01594) 820 500
Fax no: (01594) 820 510
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK. Through a unique network of 144 independently managed carer's centres, 85 young carers services and interactive websites, the trust currently provides quality information, advice and support services to almost 354,000 carers, including over 20,000 young carers.
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Unit 14 Bourne Court
Tel no: (0844) 800 4361
Fax no: (0844) 800 4362
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
250 Cowbridge Road East
Tel no: (02920) 221 788
Connecting for Care is a website designed to provide resources and support to assist with the daily situations experienced by all carers. By providing a forum for various groups of carers to communicate, it enables carers to provide and receive tips in addition to sharing advice with other carers. You can search for information on a range of chronic diseases and conditions. This website connects all types of carers whether they are community nurses, healthcare assistants, social care workers or voluntary carers providing unpaid care to a relative or friend.
NHS UK Carers Direct
Carers Direct provides carers with a single and comprehensive online resource for carer specific information including:
- guidance on the different stages of caring
- information for claiming benefits
- advice for young carers
- contact details for local authorities and carer support groups
- news articles and case studies with videos
A telephone advice line went live on 1st April 2009. Future development will enable carers to receive answers to email enquiries and join online communities and forums.
Advice line telephone number: (0808) 802 02 02