Carers

Are You a Carer?

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 isolate for the career. 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. A Carer’s Agreement is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. There is no charge for an assessment.

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Carers Policy

If you are a carer please complete a carers form – available from reception and let us know about your caring responsibilities.  We have Carers Packs with local support information. 

Our Carers Policy is available at reception or can be downloaded below.

Please also look at the following websites, which provide very useful information for carers:

For Buckinghamshire patients: Click Here.

The Thursday Club

The Thursday Club runs every Thursday to give carers a rest they need or a day for you to socialise.

Aims of Thursday Club

The Club provides activities, a good lunch and time to socialise.

Staff have NVQ training in the social care and basic first aid qualifications.

We aim to provide a safe environment that is physically and mentally stimulating.

We provide local transport with volunteers and staff assisting.

Social Activities include Crafts, Speakers, Singers, many and Music, Board Games, Bingo, Pub Lunches much more.

Cost

  • Full Day: £15.00, incl. lunch and local transport
  • Pop-in-lunch and half day: £10.00

To book a place ring Linda Bamford   01844292230 or 07866058394 - A call could make all the difference!

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Useful Links

Telling people - 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.

Taking a break - 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.

Housing and carers - 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.

Benefits for 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? Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

Benefits for the person you care for - Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

Death and benefits - Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to. How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits. Managing someone's legal affairs.

Tax credits - Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible

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Carers Bucks

Carers Bucks provides support for unpaid carers of all ages. Visit their website for the following:

  • Up-to-date information and advice on carers' issues
  • Help with knowing carers' rights and entitlements
  • Guidance on health and social issuesHelp to create an emergency plan
  • Carer Information and Support Groups
  • An opportunity to meet other carers
  • A listening ear and someone to talk to in confidence
  • Bi-annual 'Carers News' newsletter
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Care Advice Buckinghamshire

Care Advice Buckinghamshire is provided by the council. Visit their website for the following:

  • Help from adult social care
  • Protecting people at risk of abuse
  • Support for carers
  • Supporting you to regain your inderpendence
  • Supporting you to live inderpendently 
  • Living with support
  • Information and advice
  • Health and welbeing
  • Paying for care
  • Occupational Therapy