Are You a Carer? Do you look after someone who is dependant on you?
Carers really are the unsung heroes of our community. Not only for the essential support they provide for their loved ones, but also for the assistance they provide to the NHS. Consequently a range of support services are available to carers to recognise the tremendous contribution they make to the lives of others.
Burbage Surgery has once again been awarded the Platinum Carers Award in recognition of the outstanding services and support we provide to Carers. We offer "flexible" appointments for people who are Carers to try to make it easier for you to visit your GP/Nurse. We have 3 staff, Mary Corden - Carers' Lead, Katy Walker - Deputy Carers' Lead & Sarah Davey - Care Coordinator who are dedicated to helping Carers access the full range of support available to them.
If you are a Carer, please let us know so we can add you to our Carers' Register. We will try to help you or you may like to contact Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118 or through www.carersupportwiltshire.co.uk
They have produced a new Carers Guide which covers a broad range of subjects including getting help and support, money matters, work and education, managing someone’s affairs and planning for the future. There is also a directory of useful contacts
CARER SUPPORT WILTSHIRE GUIDE
Carer Support Wiltshire offer specialist support workers who provide confidential information and advice about caring matters and one to one support.
An exciting new website and online community for young adult carers has gone live. YACbook is a safe space for young people to find information, advice and links to support. Topics and resources include mental health support, building your confidence, studying and employment. Read all about it here.
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
- 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?
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.
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Death and benefits 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
Wiltshire IAPT Service
Offer a wide range of support. from psycho-educational courses to one-to-one intervention, as everyone’s needs and preferences are different.