Are You a Carer
Does someone rely on you? Are you looking after someone (a family member or someone close to you) who because they are ill or disabled could not manage without you? If so then you are a Carer.
The Swan Practice recognises the important role of the carer and ensures this is easily identifiable on your health records. We offer annual flu vaccinations, flexibility of appointments and, with your consent, our Carers Champion can introduce you to local support groups and sources of information.
The Swan Practice Carers Policy
If you are a carer please let us know - we may be able to help you.
Carers Bucks (www.carersbucks.org) is a free service that supports carers of all ages, who might be caring for someone with dementia, a physical or learning disability, serious illness or mental health condition.
Whatever your caring role Carers Bucks can help by providing up to date information and advice on carers’ issues including benefits:
- help to get a break
- training to help carers with their caring role
- an In Case of Emergency service (ICE) if carers are suddenly taken ill or have an accident.
- someone to talk to in confidence
- advice and support for working carers
- a Young Carer service for children and young people caring for a family member
- Online Community to meet other carers in similar situations
Carers Bucks - Telephone 0300 777 2722
There is a wealth of information on the NHS website 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.