DO YOU LOOK AFTER SOMEONE?
Do you help and support a partner, relative, child or friend who could
not manage without your help due to physical or mental illness,
disability, frailty or addiction?
IF SO YOU MAY BE A CARER
- Anyone can become a carer at any age, children, parents,
daughters, sons, spouses, partners; caring sometimes just happens to
- Many people don’t think of themselves as carers;
- You may be a carer whether or not you live in the same
house as the person you care for or even if that person lives in a
residential or nursing home.
People paid to care like care workers are not included in this
definition of carers.
1. Look after your own Health – Tell your GP you are a Carer!
It’s important to look after your own health so that you can go on
caring for as long as you want to. It is easy not to look after your own
health when you are looking after someone else.
- We would like to help you to stay as fit and healthy as
- We offer most carers a free flu vaccination each Autumn
- We keep a register of carers who are our patients so that
we can provide you with information about organisations that may be
able to help
- Please ask at reception for help with registering
yourself as a carer with the practice or discuss it with your Doctor
2. Carry the Carers Emergency Card:
The Carers Emergency Card identifies you as a carer so if you are
taken seriously ill or have an accident, whoever finds you can ring the
number on the card and tell the Emergency Communications Team that the
person you care for needs help. This team can then arrange up to 72
hours of care for that person at home. The only information held on the
card is an emergency telephone number and your Carer PIN Number; it
carries no other personal information about you or the person you care
for. If the person you care for pays Council Tax in Bristol call Care
Direct to order your card on: 0117 922 2700 or email:
3. Tell Social Services you are a Carer
You may also need practical support to care,
- someone to sit with or give care to the person you care
for while you go out,
- equipment to help you to lift or move the person you care
- information about local carers and other support
In Bristol, social services for adults is called Adult Health and
Social Care; you can contact them on Care Direct, 0117 922 2700; email
. For Children’s’ Services in Bristol, telephone 0117 922 2000.
Adult Health and Social Care will usually assess the person you care
for to see what help he/she might be eligible to receive. Carers who
frequently provide help to the person they look after are also entitled
to an assessment, called a Carers Assessment. A Carer’s Assessment can
- with a social worker from Adult Health and Social Care,
- by completing an assessment form online at
www.bristol.gov.uk , or
- a Carers Support Centre case worker can visit and complete
an online assessment with you. For this option contact CarersLine on
0117 965 2200.
4. Are you Missing out on any Money you are entitled to?
The benefits system is complicated; finding out what you and the
person you care for are entitled to can be difficult. For information or
advice call CarersLine on 0117 965 2200.
5. Contact your local Carers’ Support Centre
The Carers’ Support Centre is a local charitable organisation that
- provide you with information, advice and advocacy on any
aspect of caring and local support services that might be useful;
- put you in touch with other organisations that offer
- provide a range of services such as support with Carers
assessments and help to get breaks from caring and holidays.
For information, advice or just an understanding, listening ear call
the Carers’ Support Centre confidentially: CarersLine 0117
6. Tell People at Work you are a Carer
Juggling work and looking after someone can be difficult. Telling
your employer or manager that you are caring for someone may also be
- you have the legal right to request flexible
working to help you balance caring and work
responsibilities; your employer has to seriously consider this
- you also have the right to time off in an emergency to
care for someone.
It is at the employer’s discretion whether such leave is paid or
7. Talk to Someone about how being a Carer affects you
Many carers find it useful to be able to ‘off load’ the stresses and
strains that caring can bring. It is important to be aware of the impact
caring can have on you and your own health. Talking about this whether
to a professional person, family member or friend can be a help in
itself or can be the first step to getting the support that you need.
The Carers Support Centre provides specialist counselling and
telephone befriending services and carers’ groups that meet regularly to
share practical ideas, support and friendship. To find out more about
these options call CarersLine 0117 9652200
- Bristol City Council Health and Social Care; Care Direct
0117 922 2700:
www.bristol.gov.uk ; information, advice, assessment and
commissions and arranges care and support services
- Carers Support Centre; CarersLine 0117 965 2200:
www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk ; information, advice and
services focussed on supporting carers
- Carers Support Centre Young Carers; 0117 939 2562:
www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk and click on young carers;
information, advice, services and activities focussed on supporting
- Well Aware; 0808 808 5252
www.wellaware.org.uk ; information on health, wellbeing and