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Carers

ARE YOU A CARER?

 

 Do you look after someone who couldn’t get by without your help?

 

If you look after someone who, because of life limiting illness, disability, addiction, physical or mental ill health who can’t manage on their own, this means that you are a ‘carer’. It also means that you are entitled to help and support. Many people do not see themselves as carers, they simply think of themselves as a friend or family of the person they care for.

As a Practice, we understand that caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating and very often overlooked. We further believe carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not least, a listening ear when things get too much. Fortunately we have a fantastic service in Northumberland available to carers.

Carers Northumberland is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of carers by responding to the needs of carers, informing carers of their rights and entitlements, supporting carers to access help for the person they care for, reducing the social isolation that so many carers feel and empowering carers to have a voice.

 

Once the practice know you are a carer we can offer you further assistance such as your free flu vaccination and information on available support. If you would like to be contacted by Carers Northumberland and find out more information about how they can help you as an unpaid carer please complete the attached form and return to the surgery.

 

About Carers Northumberland

 

Carers Northumberland provide practical and emotional support and information and encourage carers to have a life of their own outside their caring role.



    • Local carer support groups where carers can socialise and share experiences in a supportive environmen
    • Information service offers a telephone helpline, a newsletter, and website specially for carer
    • Trips and days out, therapy and pamper days give carers a break and help them rela
    • Locally based staff who are available by phone or can visit carers at hom
    • Carer support fund provides money to help carers take a break or enjoy a hobb
    • Carers Emergency Card, in partnership with the British Red Cross

 

Carer Support

For more information please contact:

Carers Northumberland    

Tel: (0844) 800 7354

Telephone Lines are open 10am-2pm Monday to Friday and every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.

http://www.carersnorthumberland.org.uk

e-mail: info@carersnorthumberland.org.uk

   

Other sources of help and information

Carers UK is an organisation specifically dealing with carer issues, why not access their website for more information:

http://www.carersuk.org/

Carers Direct and NHS Advocacy Service- addresses concerns from patients and carers:

http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect



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