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Support for Carers

Worcestershire Association of Carers

0300 012 4272

Do you look after someone?

You could be looking after a family member, friend or neighbor of any age, who through physical or mental illness, disability, addiction or frailty cannot manage without your help. If so, you are a carer, and your surgery can offer you support from the GP Carer Support Adviser. Even if you don’t see yourself as a ‘carer’, if you are looking after someone who could not cope without your support, help is available.

Carers will be offered a convenient appointment with a GP Carer Support Adviser, at the surgery or at home. The service is designed to reach out to carers, telling them about the support available and looking at numerous issues including social isolation, housing, legal issues, accessing correct benefits and arranging respite care, for example. The service is free and confidential. The GP Carer Support Adviser will treat you in a friendly and understanding way, with no pressure – you can take things at your own pace.

Throughout the UK approximately six thousand new people per day are identified as carers. Carers are twice as likely to suffer ill health as those who do not have caring responsibilities. Caring for someone can be very rewarding, but people who provide care can find their own needs are neglected. The demands of caring can affect carers’ employment, finances, and relationships, and have a detrimental effect on their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

If you would like to speak to a Carer Support Adviser, please ask your doctor or another member of surgery staff to make a referral, or call this number for more information: 0300 012 4272


Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you. 

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links to the site that we hope you will find useful.

    • 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?




CONTACT WORCESTERSHIRE CARE SERVICES DIRECT

Telephone

01223 207770

Helpline Information

The new edition Worcestershire Care Services Directory 2019/20 has now been published 

The new Directory has also been updated on our website and the link is shown below;


https://www.carechoices.co.uk/publication/worcestershire-care-services-directory/

users can click directly to the page that displays both a PDF and eBook version

Email

https://www.carechoices.co.uk/contact-us

Office Hours

Lines are open from 8 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 4 pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.



Carers support groups

Finance and Law - Help to claim benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

    • Death and benefits

      How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

    • Other benefits

      Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring

    • Tax credits

      Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible

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