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Are you a carer?

Often people in a caring role do not recognise themselves as carers particularly if they are looking after somebody close to them such as a relative, partner or friend. But if you provide unpaid help to someone because they have a physical or learning disability, a mental health problem, substance misuse issues or because they are old and frail or ill, then you are a CARER.

Caring for someone is an important and invaluable role which may involve long hours and may be physically and mentally demanding. There are many services available to help you no matter what your age or circumstances.

1.  Cares (unpaid) for family or friends who have a disability, illness or who need support in later life:

Washing bodies. And laundry. And dishes.
Keeping appointments. And records. And tempers.
Giving medicine. And time. And hugs.
Filling forms. And fridges. And silences.
Dealing with doctors. And nurses. And pharmacists. And social workers. And benefits agencies. And care workers. And a lack of sleep.

2.  Needs support to manage a life of their own.

As an unpaid carer you are entitled to a free flu vaccination (available September-March each year). Just ask at Reception.

As well as offering you support ourselves we can refer you to The Carers Centre for additional support and information on a range of issues including carers benefits, emotional support and other local services.   Email email: [email protected] or tel: 01273 746222.

As a carer you are entitled to a Carer’s Needs Assessment from Social Health & Services. ACCESS Point can assess your needs and those of the person you care for and arrange appropriate support. You can also register for the Emergency Backup Scheme for Carers. In an emergency the scheme provides alternative home-based care for up to 48 hours. ACCESS Point can be contacted on 01273 29555.