A carer is someone of any age who, without payment, provides support to a partner, child, relation, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without this help.
Our loved ones are living longer with illness or disability and more and more of us are looking after them. Whether it is round-the-clock or for a few hours a week, in our own home or at the other end of a motorway, caring can have a huge effect on us, our lives and our plans. Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life and making an enormous contribution to society.
Yet many of us are stretched to the limit, juggling care with work and family life or even struggling with poor health ourselves. We often find it difficult to make ends meet financially, if we are unable to work or if we have reduced our working hours to care.
Every day 6,000 people become carers. Many don’t know how or where to get help and it can be frightening and very lonely. For some it is sudden and someone you love is taken ill or has an accident or your child is born with a disability. For others, caring creeps up unnoticed; your parents can’t manage on their own any longer or your partner’s health gets gradually worse.
Looking after someone can be tough but you are not on your own. As a carer you are a partner in the practice caring team. We recognise this and are committed to support you in this role. We also understand that, as a carer, you may be under pressure and need additional support and information.
Caroline Saunders is our Carers’ Champion working in the practice. She will aim to provide you with the information you need, together with useful contact telephone numbers.
Further information can be obtained from:
Telephone 0845 345 9133
Somerset Carers Service
Telephone 0800 316 8600
Carers in Wiltshire
Telephone 0800 181 4118 / 01380 871690
BANES Carers Centre
Telephone 0800 0388 885
Frome Carers Support Group (Joan Paynter)
Telephone 01373 302128
Health Connections Mendip
Telephone 01373 468368
NHS Carers Direct
Telephone 0800 802 0202
Carers UK Advice Line
Telephone 0808 808 7777