Are you a carer? Do you look after someone?
You may not think of yourself as a carer, but if you look after a family member or friend, of any age, because of their illness, frailty or disability, without being paid, then you are a Carer.
Being a carer often means juggling lots of other aspects of life and trying to balance those with the responsibilities of caring for someone.
There are services that can help by making sure that you are getting the advice and support that you need and help you to find this balance.
Three things you should definitely do if you are a carer:
- Tell your GP practice that you are a carer
If you register with your GP as a carer, and tell them who it is that you look after, they will know that you need to be kept informed about that person’s health and care needs. They can offer more flexible appointments and should take your needs, as a carer, into account when booking appointments. They should also offer you a regular health check of your own, as well as the annual flu vaccination. Speak to the Carers Champion or Reception at your GP practice to register.
- Apply for a Carers Emergency Card
This is a free card that you should carry with you at all times. It identifies you as a carer and will alert anyone finding it, such as the Emergency Services, that someone you care for might need assistance. In the event of an emergency you will have the piece of mind that there is a 24 hour system in place to ensure that the person you care for is looked after. To apply for a Carers Emergency Card contact the Carers Support Service at Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 80 80 or you can apply online Emergency Carers Card
- Contact the Carers Hub
Nottinghamshire Carers Hub provides information and support to carers to help caring for a loved one easier. They can provide a variety of information, guidance and advice such as signposting to other organisations and putting you in touch with Carers groups and drop-ins, help you to access Carers breaks, and offers free training and caring support, and peer support. Contact the Carers Hub on 0115 824 8824 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.carerstrustem.org/hub
Other sources of support and information:
Newark & Sherwood CVS our Resources for Carers has links to various organisations with useful information for carers.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s website has information about what they can provide for carers, including how to request a Carer’s Assessment.
Carers Support Service 0300 500 80 80
Nottinghamshire Help Yourself website lists information about services, groups and organisations that could help and support you. It covers a very wide range of subjects from help in the home to health and self-care to things to do in your local community.
NHS Choices has lots of information on their Care and Support pages, including about how to access care services and what kind of services might be available and about money and finance issues.