Are You a Carer?
Here at the surgery we are trying to put together a register of all our patients who are caring for others. The reason for this is to identify carers, to enable us to 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
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.
- 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
SUPPORT AND ADVICE ORGANISATIONS
Forest of Dean Crossroads
The Forest Crossroads Care Scheme is part of a national organisation that provides help and support to carers across England, Scotland and Wales. Crossroads supports people who care for a person needing twenty four hour support and supervision at home, by providing an often much needed opportunity for a break.
Forest of Dean Crossroads offers two established day centres. One in Lydney operating on Mondays and Fridays and one in Cinderford operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Both centres offer substantial respite breaks for carers by catering for cared for with mild to moderate dementia. They are staffed by trained Carer Support Workers.
Forest of Dean Crossroads
The Old Coach House
Tel no: (01594) 823 414
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
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