Littledown Surgery Carers Support
There is a carers group in the practice and we hold coffee mornings at the surgery every couple of months. You will be able to meet other people who are looking after somebody and talk to our carers lead, Angie Ford.
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Carers Coffee Morning
Our next Carers Coffee Morning, the date TBC. Please come along if you look after someone who can’t manage on their own.
Do you help a family member, friend or neighbour who needs support because the person:
- Is frail
- Has a long term health condition
- Has a physical disability
- Has a learning disability
- Has a chronic illness
- Has a mental illness that means they need support to cope
- Has a substance misuse problem with drugs or alcohol
Your Doctor needs to know if you are caring for someone. You or the person you care for might need extra support for example if you need to go into hospital for your own needs or you are unwell. Carers have extra health risks for example back and neck injuries, stress related conditions, recurrent viral conditions and nutritional problems.
Help and Support
There is help and support if you are a carer, you can speak to someone about caring by telephoning NHS Carers Direct on 0808 802 0202.
Advisors on the service will call you back if necessary. They speak over 100 different languages.
If you need help with practical tasks of caring, telephone Bournemouth Social Services (Care Direct) on 01202 454979. You are entitled to a carers assessment, this is a meeting with a Social Worker who will look at the services you might benefit from to help you.
Join Your Local Carer’s Information Service
This service will send you a regular newsletter about services and support available for carers including those which help you get a break from caring. Many services are free even if you have private funds. You may miss out on things that you are entitled to if you do not join this service, it is free to join.
Telephone the Carers Team on 01202 458204 and ask to join the carers information service, or look on their website (www.bournemouth.gov.uk/SocialCareHealth/Carers/CarersServices.aspx)
You or the Person You Care for May be Entitled to Benefits
Some benefits are not means tested so even if you have private funds you may still be able to claim. Get advice from NHS Carers Direct 0808 802 0202, or ask at your local Citizens Advice Bureau or the Department of Work and Pensions.
Plan ahead, so that if you have an emergency or are unwell the person that you care for will be looked after. You can register for the Carer’s in Crisis Service. You need to do this now, rather than when you have an emergency as registration can take 3 to 4 weeks. Once the plan is set up you will have the peace of mind of knowing that help is just a phone call away if you ever need it.