Are You a Carer? Do you look after someone who is dependant on you?
Carers really are the unsung heroes of our community. Not only for the essential support they provide for their loved ones, but also for the assistance they provide to the NHS. Consequently a range of support services are available to carers to recognise the tremendous contribution they make to the lives of others.
At Burbage Surgery we have 2 staff, Rea & Mary, dedicated to helping carers access the full range of support available to them.
If you are a Carer, please let us know - we may be able to help you or you may like to contact Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118 or through www.carersupportwiltshire.co.uk.
Burbage Surgery has been awarded the Platinum Carers Award in recognition of the outstanding services and support provided to Carers. We offer "flexible" appointments for people who are Carers to try to make it easier for you to visit your GP/Nurse.
Carer Support Wiltshire offer specialist support workers who provide confidential information and advice about caring matters and one to one support.
An exciting new website and online community for young adult carers has gone live. YACbook is a safe space for young people to find information, advice and links to support. Topics and resources include mental health support, building your confidence, studying and employment. Read all about it here.
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
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.
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.
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?
Contact Carers Direct
Telephone : 0808 802 0202
Office hours: Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible