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Carers

 

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 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?

To register as a Carer you can either collect a registration form at reception or alternatively click on the link below to download a registration form; print it off; fill it in and then return the form to reception:

Carer Registration Form.pdf

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Young Carers

Carers can be any age and include children and young people under 18 living in a family where there is long-term illness, disability or drug or alcohol misuse. Many young people don't recognise themselves as being a young carers and are unaware that help is available from your GP, school or college and social services.

Please let the Practice know if you are a young carer and the name of the person whom you care for.

Young carers can contact Surrey Young carers for advice, information and support.

https://www.surrey-youngcarers.org.uk/

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Contact Carers Direct

Telephone
0300 123 1053
Helpline Information including email contact
http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/carerslives/updates/pages/carersdirecthelpline.aspx
Office Hours
Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Local Carer's Champion

The job of the locals Carer's champion is
  • To be a contact point for carers in the surgery;
  • To maintain a Carers' notice board in the surgery;
  • To champion carers' issues in the practice; and
  • To encourage carers to register on their practice's Carers' Register.
Our Local Carer's Champions are Lizzie Collins & Ellie Hedger and they can be contacted through the surgery.

Carers support groups

 

Carers Support Schemes within Surrey can provide FREE independent information, advice and support for Carers. For more information visit the Action for Carers website by clicking on the link below which would enable you to get access to some of the free services available in Surrey.

http://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/

https://www.surrey-youngcarers.org.uk/

 

Extended phone support for carers in Surrey

Action for Carers are trialling an extension of their phone opening hours to be more accessible to carers in Surrey with support, information, advice and more. (Trial running September, October, November.)

Contact Details: 0303 040 1234. Open 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday; 9am-12 noon Saturdays. CarerSupport@actionforcarers.org.uk   Text 07714075993

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Finance and Law

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

  • Benefits for carers

    Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

  • Benefits for the person you care for

    Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to

  • Death and benefits

    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

    Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after

  • 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

  • Personal and household finance

    Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers

  • Social fund 
  • Tax credits

    Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible

 Concessions for Carers

There are a number of local concessions offered by borough and district councils for leisure facilities. There are also the following concessions provided for carers:

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Carers Information and Support Programme

Guildford Carers Information and Support Programme are running workshops in Guildford for family, friends or carers of people living with dementia. Come along and find out more about dementia, share experiences and learn how to support yourself and the person you care for.

Guildford workshops will take place on 4 consecutive Thursday's from 3rd October. Time: 10am to 12.30pm at Guildford United Reformed Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU2 4BS.

Contact Penny Giles to book, places are limited. Call 01932 855582 or email penny.giles@alzheimers.org.uk



 
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