Are you caring for someone with a long term health condition? Our Practice Manager, James Leyland, leads our Carers Group and can advise on a wide variety of subjects including Support Services and Social Services Assessments. Please ask if you would like to make contact or fill in a registration form for our Carer’s Register. Regular meetings are held for all those who are Carer’s for our patients
You may be entitled to:
- A Carer’s assessment from Social Services. If you are undertaking a substantial amount of care on a regular basis. This assessment is free and is open to all carers regardless of financial circumstances. You will get information and advice about caring and be able to find out about services including help to with personal care, day care, short-term sitting and respite care, equipment and home adaptations, emergency schemes, Blue Badges for parking, carers groups events. Contact the Social Service Department where the cared for person lives to ask for an assessment on 01202 633902
- Benefits for Carer/Cared for person. Some benefits depend on your savings and income others are unaffected by your financial position. We strongly recommend that you contact the appropriate agency to see if you/the cared for are entitled to any financial assistance. Many people miss out on benefits because they do not know what they are entitled to. For further information contact the Department of Work and Pensions. For those aged over 60 years on 0800 991234. For under 60’s on 0800 0556688 .
- General Carer’s information and someone to talk to. “Help and Care” is local Charity providing information on over 40 topics of interest to Carers. If you want to find out about how services work, where to get equipment, care/nursing home services, shops and services, holidays for carers/cared for, wills/power of attorney/trust funds, transport, courses or support groups etc you can talk to an advisor. The service is confidential. If you just need someone to talk to about your situation the advisor will try to help and reassure you, their telephone is 0845 500 418
Our Carers Lead is Mr James Leyland. Please do not hesitate to contact him on 01202 772540.
Canford Heath has a well-established Carers Support Group. This is run by volunteers from the Friends of the Canford Heath Group Practice.
Do you help/care for a relative, friend or neighbour on a regular basis? If so come along to our friendly group for tea, cake and helpful information, and to chat with others in a similar situation.
The group is held on the last Wednesday in the month. At Canford Heath Library, 2.30pm-4.00pm.
Just drop in, we would love to meet 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?
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible