Do you look after someone?
A carer is anyone, including children and adults, who look after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid and may be emotional or include shopping, cooking, dealing with medication, or attending medical appointments with the person they care for.
Many carers don’t see themselves as carers and it takes them an average of two years to acknowledge their role as a carer.
It can be difficult for carers to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person for whom they care, whether that relationship is as a parent, child, sibling, partner, or a friend.
It is important you let the practice know if you look after someone. We can add you to our Carer Register for you to gain access to information and support, including our Carer Champions at the practice. Carer Champions help with the identification of carers, act as a voice for carers and are a key point of contact for carer information.
Our Carer Champions are Samantha Papworth and Diane Rowley and both are keen to provide a quality service and help carers as much as possible. If they are not available at the time of your query, please leave a message and they will contact you at the earliest possible convenience.
By completing this questionnaire and returning it to the practice, you can help us to monitor and improve our service.
Do You Look After Someone is a comprehensive carers booklet produced by Nottinghamshire County Council
Emergency Planning Service provides an extra level of support and is activated when the carer is not able to continue providing care because of an emergency situation.
Carers in Practice an invaluable tool enabling health matters of the looked after person to be shared with the carer, complete and return to your GP Practice
Caring Magazine Issue 61 from Carers UK
Eastwood Memory Cafe is a local charity helping those affected by dementia and their carers to live well