What does a carer do? A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
Many carers live with the person they care for, but many look after someone who lives independently or in hospital, in supported accommodation, or in a care home. Over 3 in 5 people in the UK will become carers at some point in their lives.
What help is available to carers?
If you would like to speak to someone informally at the surgery, please talk with our Carers Champion: Sally, by contacting reception and she will be pleased to help you.
So that your doctor knows that you are a carer when you visit him/her at the surgery, it would be helpful if you could inform a member of staff at reception.
The information will then be recorded confidentially on your notes and will not be disclosed to any other person or organisation without your permission.
Too often it is not recognised that someone is a carer until they reach crisis point. If you are registered as a carer with the practice then you can be supported throughout. This support can include advice, guidance and signposting, an annual health check and flu jab.
If you are supported then you can continue to provide support to the person you care for.
Registering as a carer DOES NOT mean that the care that you give will be judged – this is about YOU and YOUR needs.
Are you a carer? Do you need help or advice.
If so, please contact Compass Carers for free support and advice.
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Alternately Compass Carers leaflets are avaliable from reception.