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Carers Information

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Are You a Carer? Young or Old ? Do you have a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you - we offer Carer health checks at flexible times to suit you - please ask at Reception.  If you do not wish to have a carer check but would still like to receive all the information please let us know and we can forward the information direct to you .

 Autumn Newsletter

Autumn Interest Form

N-Compass Carer's Services: N-Compass Carers' Services work across the country as part of Carers Lancashire providing support and information to Adult Carers (18+) and specialist support to Carers of adults (16+) with a mental health condition - visit their website on www.ncompassnorthwest.co.uk

An N-Compass carer representative visits our surgery on the first Thursday of every month to promote the services and support available to carers.  Take a look at the service they provide by clicking on the link below to watch the short film

N Compass Carers Service https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZJU4C5S_yQ&feature=youtu.be

N Compass Carers Service with Carers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSot7R3J3xc&feature=youtu.be 

Please ask at the surgery reception for your carer information pack and to book your free carer check

What is a carer?

If you look after a spouse or partner, parent, brother or sister, adult son or daughter, other relative or friend who is ill or disabled and who would not be able to live in the community without your help then you are a carer. Carers can be from any section of the community and from any culture.

What is a carers assessment?

A carer assessment can find out what help you as a carer might need to help you in your caring role.

If you would like your carers assessment with a carers worker, you can contact Carers Lancashire, which offers independent information and support. You can contact them by calling: 0345 6887113

To request a carers assessment from a social worker, contact the Customer Service Centre on : 0300 123 6720 

Who will carry out my carers assessment?

You can choose to have a social worker or a worker from your local carers service. Our social workers or carers workers will usually come to your home or a mutually convenient place to do your carers assessment.

Does the person I care for need to be present?

No. The assessment can take place with or without the person you care for being present. 

What information might they ask in my assessment?

  • What sort of help do you provide?
  • Do other relatives or friends help you care?
  • If you are able to take a break from caring
  • If you or the person you care for recieves any other sort of help
  • What other responsibilites, as well as caring you have? For example work commitments or other caring responsibilites
  • If caring affects your health
  • What the problems are that you have as a carer
  • What extra support would improve your quality of life 

What should I think about before my assessment?

  • Can you leave the person you care for?
  • Are you worried about having to give up work?
  • Are you able to take part in activites outside your home or in your community?
  • How does caring affect your work or studies, other commitments or activities?

Where can I get support?

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.

  • 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?

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone
0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
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.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

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

  • Tax credits

    Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible



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