Do You Look After Someone? Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
If you are cared for or looked after by someone or are a Carer yourself or you look after someone please let us know so that we can add it to your record.
Our Carer's Lead at the Practice is our Healthcare Assistant Sally Hankins, she is happy to provide information and help so that Carers and those who are cared for are aware of all the help and support which is available to them. Please contact the surgery for details or download The Old Dispensary Carers Pack .
Patients have the right to be accompanied at any practice appointment by their carer if they wish.
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.
- 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.
Dorset Carers Information Hub
Information and advice about services and support for carers, including planning for emergencies, can be found on the new carers information hub www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/carers
Contact Carers Direct
- Telephone: 0808 802 0202
- Website: NHS Choices social care and support
- Email: CarersDirect@nhschoices.nhs.uk
- Office Hours - Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
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
If you’re on a low income and are getting certain income-related benefits, you may be eligible for extra help with everyday health costs
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible
All carers are entitled to request an assessment of their needs or those of the person they care for from local Social Services, details are available at dorsetforyou.gov.uk
For further information on local self help groups, money issues and local services which may be of help to you please contact :
Help and Care, The Pokesdown Centre, 896 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset. www.helpandcare.org.uk