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Carers Information

Are You a Carer?

If you are an unpaid carer please print this form and bring the completed copy to reception or post to the Church Avenue Surgery. These forms and pre-paid envelopes are also available at reception.

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

The term carer should not be confused with a care worker, or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone.

Carers often suffer poor health as a result of their caring role. For example, they may suffer from back ache, stress or depression. Some Carers do not visit their GPs due to the pressures of caring. Not everyone will have noticeable health problems but it is important to ensure Carers look after themselves.

If you haven’t already let us know that you are a carer please complete the above mentioned form so you can be added to our carers’ register.

Once added, Carers will be entitled to a free flu jab in the surgery and, if you have given permission on the form, we will pass your details to Carers’ Support (Bexley) who can give advice and support.

There is also 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?

Carers support groups

Carers’ Support (Bexley)
The Manor House,
Grassington Road,
Sidcup,
Kent
DA14 6BY
Tel:
 020 8302 8011
http://www.carerssupport.org/home.htm

Carers Direct

Telephone 0300 123 1053

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.

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.



 
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