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Are you a carer?


Many people do not see themselves as carers, as they are ‘just doing their duty’. 


However, a carer can be a person of any age (even children) who provides support to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who wouldn’t be able to get by without their help. 


Carers can be unpaid and do not need to receive statutory payments such as carer’s allowance.


As well as this, parents of children who are disabled or have a serious health condition are considered to be carers too.


What we can do for you


As a practice we recognise that it can be difficult to find the time and energy to take care of yourself whilst you are taking care of someone else.  The responsibilities of a carer means they are more likely to suffer from ill health through stress, poor self-care and/or physical injuries.


If you tell us that you are a carer, we will record this on your medical record. When you need to book appointments at the surgery we will be aware that you may struggle with finding the time to attend and we will try to offer more flexibility in the appointment times available to you.


We will try to offer you an annual flu vaccination, as not only are you are risk of becoming unwell and not being able to look after the person care for, they are at risk of becoming unwell too.


When we receive relevant information we feel may be helpful to you, we will try to share this with you. 


Information Sources


Listed below are links to support agencies and groups who can provide advice and information about what is available to you and the person you care for.

 

Carers drop in

 

Community Carers Leads are offering drop in sessions for carers/supporters of people experiencing mental health difficulties, that are currently receiving a service from Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust. They will provide a safe and confidential environment where people can drop in, or make an appointment, to discuss any carer related issues.

 

Peddars Centre, Hellesdon, NR6 5BE - 3rd Thurs of the month - 9.30am to 12.30pm

The City Anchorage, Julian Hospital, NR2 3TD - 2nd Weds of the month - 10.00am to 3.00pm

 

To make an appointment please call Pip Everett on 01953 611002 or 07766 244935, or, Jill Curtis on 01603 421576 or 07768 508506


Leaflets


Looking after someone – information and support for carers” – by CarersUK:
https://www.carersuk.org/images/publications/Carers_UK_LAS2018_Digital_40pp_WEB_reduced_1.pdf


“Norfolk – Your guide to supportand care for adults 2017/2018”: by Norfolk County Council and NHS in Norfolk:
http://www.carechoices.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Norfolk-Your-guide-to-care-and-support-for-adults-2017-18.pdf


Websites
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Care for carers:         http://www.careforcarers.org.uk/


Carers UK:           https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/practical-support/getting-care-and-support/20-national-directory/2537-age-uk


Carers Org:         https://carers.org/


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