You might not think of yourself as a carer, but ask yourself these questions:
- Do you look after anybody or do things for other people, whether family member, relative, neighbour or friend (whether you work or not)?
- Are you a young person (under 18) looking after or regularly helping someone else (family member or other person)?
Many people assume being a carer is giving 24 hour care to a close family member and often giving up paid employment to do so. This is not the case. A caring role takes many forms and here are some interesting statistics:
- 1 in 7 of the workforce are also in caring roles.
- In our lifetime 60% of us will take on a caring role of some kind.
- Carers save the economy approximately £87billion a year.
- All carers are entitled to an assessment regardless if the person they care for has been assessed.
The Surgery likes to register all our carers so our clinical staff are aware of your caring role and are able to support you in this. We also try to hold Carer’s afternoons where there is lots of information available and people to talk to from the Guideposts Carers Support Service over a cup of tea and a piece of cake. We have a notice board in the Surgery dedicated to Carers issues.
If you undertake a caring role, please register with us. Registration forms are available from the Surgery and can be downloaded here.
Here are some local resources which may help you:
Adult Health & Community Services Directorate of Warwickshire County Council (first point of contact for a Carers Assessment).
Tel: 01926 410410
Guideposts Carers Support Service
Tel 0845 600 9980
And some nationwide resources:
Tel 0808 808 777 or www.carersuk.org
NHS Carers Direct
Tel 0808 802 0202 or www.NHS.uk/carersdirect