DO YOU LOOK AFTER SOMEONE WHO IS
ILL, FRAIL, DISABLED OR MENTALLY ILL?
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 look at the needs of the person you care for. There is no charge for an assessment.
The Surgery has a Carers Champions: Kirsty Hughes
If you are a carer, please ask at reception for a
CARERS IDENTIFICATION AND REFERRAL FORM
which you can complete to let us know about your caring responsibilities, alternatively you can print one off using the link below:
Carers Identification & Referral Form
Compass Carers is the first dedicated support service for carers across Somerset, offering information, advice and guidance as well as emotional support, signposting, training, and a telephone support service for un-paid carers.
If you're an un-paid carer and would like to receive our support (free of charge), please either contact us via the telephone number above, or by using the on-line form (via the left hand menu), or via e-mail (which can be found at the bottom of this page), we'd really like to hear from you.
If you need to speak to someone outside the hours of our telephone service, then on a Saturday you can call Somerset Direct (9am- 4pm) on 0845 345 9133, or during evenings and on Sunday you can call the Somerset Direct Emergency Duty Team on (01458) 253241.
For further help and information please contact one of the Surgeries Carers Champions, Compass Carers, or alternatively visit Carers UK who we are affliated to: http://carersuk.org