•     Caring for someone is an important and valuable role which can be isolating and demanding.  Carers are often ’hidden’ – looking after a family member, friend or neighbour with day to day tasks – and may not think of themselves as carers.

They may care for people with a variety of conditions, including:

  •     frailty in old age
  •     mental health problems, including dementia
  •     physical disability
  •     learning disability
  •     chronic childhood disease
  •     dependency on drugs and/or alcohol.

We know this can be a difficult job and would like to try to ensure you and the person you care for get all the support needed, such as information on benefits, respite care and a listening ear when things get too much.

If you do care for somebody, be it a friend or family member, please fill out a carer’s referral form which can be obtained from the reception desk or downloaded from here and return it to reception.

There is a network of different professionals and organisations providing a wide variety of services and support, which can help carers.  These include:

  •     community nursing services
  •     occupational therapy, equipment, and other services available via social services
  •     home care services provided by the Red Cross, Crossroads, the Women’s Royal Volunteer Service and other voluntary organisations
  •     advocacy and counselling services
  •     local carers’ groups, which range from small self-help groups to larger local organisations offering a range of support such as information, advice, training for carers such as stress management, advocacy and social activities.  

 Further Information

  •     The Princess Royal Trust for Carers www.carers.org
  •     Carers UK http://www.carersuk.orgonline.org.uk/ or telephone 0808 808 7777