Do you look after someone who is ill, frail, disabled or mentally ill? If so, you are a carer. We are interested in identifying carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that carers are often “hidden” looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks and may not see themselves as a carer.
We feel that caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating for the carer. We further believe carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not least, a listening ear when things get too much.
As a carer, you are entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A carer’s assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. This could be done separately, or together, depending on the situation. There is no charge for an assessment.
If you are a carer, this is an opportunity to let the practice know so that we can update our records and pass on your details to the Carers Service (Compass Carers) who can provide relevant information and advice, local support services, newsletter and telephone link-line.
Please complete a Carers_Identification_and_Referral_Form.doc and pop it into the surgery.
Carers Information Packs
With the help of our Patient Participation Group we have recently put together a carers information pack which may be of interest to you. Copies of the information pack are available from Reception.
Furthermore we would like to maintain regular contact with our carers to be able to provide support and up-to-date information about services available in the local area.
If you are no longer a carer or do not want us to contact you at regular intervals, please do let us know so we can update our records accordingly.
Useful Links and Contacts
***** BRIDGWATER CARERS SUPPORT GROUP *****
Meet at Redgate Medical Centre on the last Thursday morning of every month at 10.30 am. Pop along for a chat and a cuppa.
Unit 11-12 Belvedere Trading Estate, Taunton, TA1 1BH
Tel: 01823 255911 (Direct Dial) or 01823 282823/0330 3330089
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Fax: 01823 351790
Somerset Care Direct
Tel: 0845 345 9133
Being a Carer information leaflet http://www.somerset.gov.uk/irj/go/km/docs/CouncilDocuments/SCC/Documents/Community/Carers/New%20Carers%20docs/E1%20Being%20a%20Carer.pdf
NHS HEALTH CHECKS FOR ALL CARERS