Are You a Carer? Young or Old ? Or 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 or have a carer and would still like to receive all the information please let us know and we can forward the information direct to you .
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
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?
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
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible