Carer Champion: Lindsey Dawkins
Contact Carers Hub
0115 824 8824
Lines are open 9 – 5 Monday to Friday
Are you a Carer?
You are an unpaid carer if you support a family member / friend who is ill, disabled, elderly, has poor mental health or misused substances. The support you offer may be emotional or include shopping, cooking or dealing with medication with the person you care for. The person you care for could live with you, in their own home, or even in residential care. It is important you let us know you are a carer so you can be added to the ‘Carer Register’ where you will be offered support by our Carer Champion, Lindsey. As a carer you are entitled to an annual flu vaccine, Health Check and a Carers Assessment. Please ask at the reception desk for more information. On the first Monday of every month we have a Carer drop in clinic, feel free to come along!
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.