You might not think of yourself as a carer, but ask yourself these questions:
Do you look after anybody or do things for other people, whether family member, relative, neighbour or friend (whether you work or not)?
- Are you a young person (under 18) looking after or regularly helping someone else (family member or other person)?
Many people assume being a Carer is giving 24 hour care to a close family member and often giving up paid employment to do so. This is not the case. A caring role takes many forms and here are some interesting statistics:
- 1 in 7 of the workforce are also in caring roles.
- In our lifetime 60% of us will take on a caring role of some kind.
- Carers save the economy approximately £87 billion a year.
- All carers are entitled to an assessment regardless if the person they care for has been assessed.
The Surgery likes to register all our carers so our clinical staff are aware of your caring role and are able to support you in this.
If you undertake a caring role, please register with us. The Carers Registration Form can be downloaded or are available from the Surgery
Here are some local resources which may help you:
Adult Health & Community Services Directorate of Warwickshire County Council (first point of contact for a Carers Assessment).
Tel 01926 410410
Carers Trust Heart of England
Tel 02476 101040 or www.carerstrusthofe.org.uk
And some nationwide resources:
Tel 0808 808 777 or www.carersuk.org
NHS Carers Direct
Tel 0808 802 0202 or www.NHS.uk/carersdirect
Specialist Support for Carers in Warwickshire
Warwickshire County Council commissions a Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service that is delivered close to and within communities; ensuring the support offered is tailored to local needs, builds upon local assets, and is integrated with local health and community services. The service is provided by Carers Trust Heart of England. If you are a Carer you can contact the service by calling 024 7610 1040 – Option 4; email:firstname.lastname@example.org; or use the online form by clicking here and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Care Companion Tool
A website specifically designed to support carers of older people in the UK has been launched by Warwickshire County Council and is available free of charge to residents of Warwickshire. Called Care Companion www.carecompanion.org, The Care Companion provides information and support for carers that is personalised to each individual’s unique caring situation. This includes useful articles and forms, an address book with details of local support groups, a journal function for carers to record information, and a to do list to help manage daily tasks.
Support for Carers
Help to live at Home
For a comprehensive guide to services for carers in Warwickshire, please go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carers