Are You a Carer?
If you look after your partner, or a relative or friend who is ill or disabled, you are a carer, even if you don’t think of yourself that way.
There are many ways that you might care for someone.
For instance you might:
- be on hand 24 hours a day to provide care
- arrange hospital appointments for someone
- drop round each day to keep someone company or cook their dinner
- visit a relative who lives far away once a month to see how they’re doing.
Whether you’ve cared for the person for a long time, are temporarily helping them (for example, while they recuperate from an operation), or have just become a carer, take time to review your options and find out what support is available to you.
If you are a carer but have not be registered as one with the practice, please contact our Carer's Champion, Jayne Buxton who will take all the necessary information from you and register you as a carer. Alternatively you can complete the online form below.
For information and advice download the guide Advice for carers
Supporting Carers (Leicestershire County Council/NHS) Information for Carers
PPG Carer Mornings
We are delighted to announce, that after the success of our carers week, our PPG are able to provide a monthly morning carer sessions every first Thursday of every month between 11:00-12:30 in our Health Education Room at the practice.
This will be an opportunity to talk to various organisations about different issues that have an impact on being a carer as well as meeting and talking to other carers. There will be refreshments provided.
If you are a carer but have not yet registered with us, please pick up a carer pack from reception or ask to speak to our carer Champion, Jayne Buxton for further information or speak to her at one of the sessions.
Support for Young Carers - Care Free Service
Many young carers undertake a wide range of domestic tasks and responsibilities as well as having to provide nursing care, personal care and emotional support.
The effect this can have upon the young person’s life often goes unrecognised by professionals and families alike and yet the consequences of missing out on childhood can be very far-reaching. Many young carers are disadvantaged in terms of their educational, social and personal development, and few have the time or energy to simply have fun and be ‘carefree’.
The situation is made worse by the fact that most young carers feel unable to discuss their problems with friends or other adults, through loyalty and fear of the consequences.
CareFree Young Carers’ Service aims to provide a flexible, responsive, and culturally sensitive service by:
- ensuring young carers have some opportunity to be free of caring responsibilities
- ensuring equality of opportunity for young carers
- raising awareness of young carers’ issues
- providing family based support and advocacy
- acting as a co-ordinator of services where appropriate
- providing information to young carers and their families
- providing social and leisure activities
- providing practical and emotional support.
This service is for young carers living in Leicester and Leicestershire. www.barnardos.org.uk/carefree
Include – Involve - Enrich
Support for Carers
Telephone: 01858 468543
VASL has a dedicated telephone advice line (calls charged at local rates) so carers can talk to experienced professionals in confidence about any aspect of being a carer. Signpost you to carer's support groups around the county and a telephone befriending service specifically for carers.
They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.
Telephone: 020 7378 4999