Are You a Carer?
Do you look after someone who is ill, frail, disabled or mentally ill?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
We are interested in identifying carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that carers are often "hidden" looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks and may not see themselves as a carer.
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 for the carer. 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.
As a carer, you are also entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A carer's assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. There is no charge for an assessment.
If you are a carer, please let us know at Reception
Are you a young carer? A young carer is someone who is under the age of 18 who provides regular and ongoing care to a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition or a drug/alcohol problem.
Most of young carers look after their parents. On a regular basis, they carry out significant caring tasks and have a great level of responsibility, which is usually associated with an adult.
What do they do?
- Household chores such as cooking and cleaning
- Providing emotional support
- Intimate/Nursing care - giving medication or washing & dressing
- Childcare - looking after other children in the house and taking them to school resulting in them being late to school themselves
The difference between young carers and other young people who help at home is that young carers are often responsible for someone else in their family in a way that most other young people aren't.
Are you or do you know someone who is a young carer? Newcastle Young Carers is a team based through Barnado's and have a service specifically for children and young people who look after someone.
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.
Carers Champion: Our Carers Champion at the Surgery is our Receptionist, Chantelle Chau.
If you are a carer, please ask at Reception for a Carers Identification Form to fill in and then we will hand you a Carers Pack which holds all useful contact numbers and information you will need.