Information for Carers
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 family member or friend. But if you provide unpaid support to someone who is ill, frail, or disabled, including those with a mental health or substance misuse problem, then you are a CARER.
Caring for someone is an important and invaluable role which can involve long hours and may be both physically and mentally demanding. There are many services available to help you, no matter what your age or circumstances.
We know that carers often overlook their own healthcare needs and may need help to focus on themselves. Please tell one of our receptionists, or your doctor or nurse, that you are a carer and ask for a Carer's Information Pack. With your permission, we will add your name to our Carers Register so that all practice staff are aware of your role. You can also ask to speak to our Carers Link Worker, who is the main point of contact for staff and patients requiring information about carers.
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 benefits, respite care and other local services. You can request one-to-one support or participate in regular groups and activities. The Centre also has a Young Carers Project which can help you if you are aged 8 to 25.
As a carer you are entitled to a Carer's Needs Assessment by the local council which will highlight the type of help available to you. Please note though , this is different from an assessment for Carer's Allowance which is carried out by the Department for Work and Pensions.
You can also register for the Emergency Backup Scheme for Carers which provides alternative home based care for up to 48 hours, free of charge, in the case of an emergency.
We can refer you to both schemes, or you can refer yourself by contacting the Council’s ACCESS point on 01273 295555
You may find the following websites helpful:
The Carers Centre for Brighton and Hove provides information and support to adult carers and also to young carers, aged 8-25, through its Young Carers Project.
www.thecarerscentre.org 01273 – 746222
Alzheimer’s Society provides a range of services for people with, and affected by, dementia and their carers.
www.alzheimers.org.uk 01273 - 726266
Amaze supports parents and carers of children with special needs. It also works with parents of teenagers moving from children’s to adult services.
www.amazebrighton.org.uk 01273 -772289
Crossroads Care is a charity that helps people who care for disabled relatives or friends at home. This is a flexible service to give carers a break.
PATCHED offers support and services for carers of people with substance misuse problems
Freephone 0800 085 4450
Carers UK is a national organization offering a wide range of support and information to carers.
www.carersuk.org 0808 8087777
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
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- 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?
Carers support groups
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
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible