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)
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
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.
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
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.
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.
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.
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible