Information for Carers
Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
There is a wealth of information on the NHS website about carers and caring.
Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- A guide to care and support: Information for carers and people who have care & support needs.
- Caring for someone: Advice on providing care, medicines etc.
- Care after hospital: Providing care for people who have been recently discharged from hospital.
- Taking a break: Caring for someone can be a full-time job - find out about accessing breaks and respite care.
- Support and benefits for carers: Caring for someone can be a full-time job - find out about accessing breaks and respite care.
- Work and Disability: Guidance, support and help with employment issues.
- Being a young carer: Advice for carers 18 or under and their entitlement to support
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 under-65s: Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.
- Benefits for the over-65s: Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.
- Carer's Assement: How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- 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
Contact Carers Direct
Telephone: 0808 802 0202
Office Hours: Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
Almondsbury Surgery have been awarded ‘gold’ by the Carers Support Centre.
If you provide help and support to a partner, relative, child, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your help due to physical or mental illness, disability, frailty or addiction, then you may be a carer.
Anyone can become a carer – children, parents, daughters, sons, spouses, partners and friends. Many people don’t think of themselves as carers; they just look after someone close to them. Caring often just happens to you, as you find that someone close to you gradually needs more help.
At Almondsbury Surgery we have a range of leaflets available, conveniently located in a single section in the waiting room which may help, including:
- Support for you
- Hospital carers liaison service
- Young carers
- Juggling work and caring
- Bristol parent carers
The Carers Support Centre can advise on any financial help you or the person you look after may be entitled to. There are also carers groups that meet regularly to share practical ideas and friendship.
A carers assessment questionnaire is a good starting point so call the Carers Line on 0117 965 2200 (confidential): Open 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm (Monday – Thursday) & 10am – 1pm (Friday).
Your own health is as important as the health of the person you care for. We want to be able to do all we can to help you to stay as fit and healthy as possible.
As a Practice we offer the following:
- Register of carers – Please register yourself as a carer at reception or you can discuss with your GP.
- Clinics with Neil McIntosh from the Carers Support Centre. This is a new service for us.
- A carers information pack that can be collected from reception.
- Free Flu Vaccinations for carers. Appointments can be made via Reception.
- Aged 40 – 74? Find out about our FREE NHS Health check which can help you to reduce risks and make sure that you stay healthy. Carers do a vital job within our community and we are committed to supporting you.
Free Training for Carers
- Caring with Confidence – Fridays in North Bristol
- Coping with Loss and Change – Thursdays in North Bristol
- Nutrition and Dementia – Thursdays in St Werburghs
- Writing for Wellbeing – Thursdays in North Bristol
- To find out more information about these, please ask at the surgery.
New Carer Wellbeing Service
We are now able to start offering counselling to all carers aged over 18 in Bristol and South Glos. The service is available at no charge through our funding from Big Lottery Fund and Bristol Ageing Better. We offer 6 consecutive weekly sessions of counselling by telephone, skype or email.
To be eligible, carers must not already be in receipt of counselling or specialist mental health support elsewhere. Carers can refer themselves by contacting Wendy Francis, Counselling Co-ordinator, on 0117 958 9977 or WendyF@carerssupportcentre.org.uk.