A carer is someone, who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer, they are just looking after someone and getting on with it. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.
A considerable number of carers also work outside the home and are trying to juggle jobs with their responsibilities as carers. The majority of carers struggle alone and do not realise that help is available.
Are You A Carer?
If you let a receptionist, nurse or doctor know that you are a carer, you can ask for this information to be recorded on your medical notes. You can do this by completing a patient health questionnaire, asking for a carers form at reception or sending a letter to us. We can then add, with your permission, you to our carers register.
Carer Support Wiltshire
Carer Support Wiltshire offers carers in Wiltshire access to information and advice about anything to do with caring as well as support to them as individuals. They also provide opportunities for short breaks and social activities, as well as someone to listen when needed.
If you would like a free carers information pack, telephone 0800 181 4118 or visit http://www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk
The Practice can refer you to Carer Support Wiltshire. or you can self refer by contacting the above number. One of their representatives will contact you directly.
Did you know you can get a Carers’ Library Card which enables you to loan books for 6 weeks and make free reservations! Just pop in to your local library