Are you a Carer?
A Carer is someone who regularly looks after a relative, friend or neighbour who, because of disability, age or frailty or mental illness, would otherwise experience significant difficulties living independently.
Most Carers are adults but sometimes people under the age of 18 also take on this role. Carers are unpaid but some may be eligible for and receive a Carers Allowance.
You can be a Carer whether you live with the person you care for, or at another address. Many people carry out all the duties of a Carer but are not aware that they can be recognised in this role.
If you think you are a carer please let us know - we may be able to help you.
How the practice identifies Carers
If you have recently joined the practice you will have been given a Registration Sheet to fill in which asks you to let us know if you are a Carer for someone, whether a patient at the practice or not.
If you feel that you may be taking on more duties on behalf of a relative, friend or neighbour and that you could be considered to be recognised as a Carer, discuss your situation with a GP or practice nurse.
How we can help you?
Your health and welfare are important not only to yourself but also to the person you care for to enable them to continue living independently. There is a particular impact that caring has on a Carer’s health and well-being, employment, study and leisure interests. This is where the practice may be able to help you.
- Health Check – we can offer you an appointment for a health check with one of our practice nurses.
- Influenza Vaccination – you will be placed on our register of patients eligible for vaccination and receive a letter of invitation each year.
- Carers Gloucestershire – We will refer you to this independent, Carer led charitable organisation that seeks to empower Carers across the county to promote their rights and enable them to make positive choices to improve the quality of their lives. They offer information, support, advice and advocacy and are an excellent resource for Carers providing details of short breaks, counselling and listening services, benefits, equipment, aids and adaptations amongst other things.
Pick up a Carers' Pack at the surgery. It contains the following :
- Carer's Support Policy - how we can help you and who our Carers Champion is.
Carer Identification Form - so that we know you are a Carer and have details of the person that you care for.
Agreement for Access to Medical Records - a form to be signed by the person you care for which gives authority for you to receive medical information about their condition, medication etc. on their behalf.
Useful contacts - a list of useful names, addresses, telephone numbers, websites etc. offering assistance and information for Carers both locally and nationally.
Carers Leaflets - from Carer's Gloucestershire.
Or download one here: Carers Pack
You may also find the following links useful:
Carers Emergency Scheme
Gloucestershire Young Carers
Gloucestershire Parent Carers
NHS Carers Direct