Did you know around 1 in 10 people are looking after a family member or friend who is ill, frail or has a disability, which means they are a Carer?
If this applies to you, then there is support available to help keep you and the person you care for well.
At our practice, we hold a lot of useful information in our Carers folder and on the notice board which can be found in the patient waiting area.
Please ask at Reception or phone the main surgery number for more information. We have a Carer link within the practice, Kim, who will be happy to offer you any help and advice they can, but if they are not available please leave your details and they will get back to you.
If you are a Carer, or have a Carer, we'd like to know. Please click the link below to download a Carer Notification Form. You can complete this and post it to us or bring it into the surgery.
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?
Cheshire West Carers Newsletter
A practical guide to healthy caring
NHS England has co-produced with Carers UK, Carers Trust, Age UK, Public Health England and with input from carers networks a practical guide to healthy caring. This is a companion guide to the healthy ageing guide and provides information and advice to carers about staying healthy whilst caring and identifies the support available to help carers maintain their health and wellbeing.
Carers Week article
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year the campaign runs from Monday 6th until Saturday 12th June – look out for activities in the surgery.
Do you look after a relative, friend, partner or neighbour due to illness, disability, frailty or substance misuse? Do you help them with emotional support or provide practical support such as washing and dressing, giving them their medicine or helping them around the house? If the answer is ‘Yes’ you may be entitled to support from your GP and Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust (CWCT).
CWCT is a local registered charity which provides a range of support to help people to care for their loved ones (including parent carers). The support which is free to all eligible carers includes
- Information – through our regular newsletter, publications and helpline
- 0800 0850307, we provide information about local and national carers’ issues.
- Benefits Checks – providing support and advice around benefits claims and support to complete applications.
- Emergency Card – a card which alerts people to the fact you are a carer and supports you to create an emergency contingency plan
- Financial support –Three separate strands of funding designed specifically to support you in your caring role
- Carer Breaks – a break from caring responsibilities and the opportunity to meet and chat with others in a similar situation through lunch clubs, information and advice group sessions and other sessions.
- Complementary therapies – relaxation therapies offered by appointment.
If you would like some more information about the work we do or would like to register with us to access our services either ask to see the Carer Link in the surgery (ask at reception) or telephone 0800 0850307.
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.