Are You a Carer?
What is a Carer?
A Carer is someone who, without payment, regularly helps a disabled, ill or frail relative, friend or neighbour.
If you are a Carer, we would like to know via the form opposite. As a Practice we can offer you help and support. Tina Tubbs from the Patient Services Team is our Carer's Lead and is available for support and advice via reception.
Carers Support Dorset
Register as a Carer on www.carersupportdorset.co.uk or via 0800 368 8349 for further support and information.
There is also an organisation called Help and Care - telephone number: 01202 434455 - who have free factsheets on more than 20 topics relevant to Carers and will visit you or can offer support if you contact them.
Carers UK – making life better for carers
20 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4LX
Tel: 020 7378 4999
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
Seeing a parent struggle in later life is always difficult. You instinctively want to help, but it can be hard to know where to start.
- 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?
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