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Carers

 

Do you look after someone? Are you a carer? 

 

You might not think of yourself as a 'carer' but if you can answer 'Yes' to any of these questions, you probably are:

 

  • Do you help someone with personal tasks such as washing, dressing or taking their medicines?
  • Do you accompany someone when they need to go to an appointment or wish to go out, or sit with them so they are not always alone?
  • Are you 'keeping an eye' on someone to make sure they are safe and well, and eating and drinking?

If anything like this rings a bell with you, there are services that can help by making sure that you are getting the advice and support that you need, when you need it. 

 

Tell us that you look after someone

 

Our Carer Champion is someone that you can talk to about your caring role.  If you look after someone, of any age, whether it is a family member or friend, who relies on you for support because of illness, disability or frailty, please tell us.

 

If we know you look after someone, we will:

  • do our best to take your needs as a carer into account when booking appointments
  • keep you informed about that person’s health and care needs (with their consent)
  • invite you for an annual flu vaccination
  • signpost you to other services that can give you help and advice

 

If you are a carer then let us know using this form or ask at Reception to speak to our Carer Champion

 

Contact the Carers Hub

Nottinghamshire Carers Hub provides information and support to carers to help caring for a loved one easier.  Their Support Worker will provide a variety of information, guidance and advice based on individual needs.  They can also signpost you to other organisations and put you in touch with local carers groups and drop-ins.

 

0115 824 8824 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm)  

Email: hub@carerstrustem.org   

Web: http://www.carerstrustem.org/hub

 

 

Apply for a Carers Emergency Card

This is a free card, administered by Nottinghamshire County Council, that you should carry with you at all times.  It identifies you as a carer and will alert anyone finding it, such as the Emergency Services, that someone you look after might need assistance.  In the event of an emergency you will have the peace of mind that there is a 24 hour system in place to ensure that the person you care for is looked after.  You don’t need to have a Carers Assessment to apply for one.

 

You can apply for a Carers Emergency Card online at http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/adult-social-care/carers/caring-emergencies

Or you can contact the Carers Support Service at Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 80 80

 

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Content Supplied by NHS Choices

Are You a Carer?

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?

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.



 
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