Carers Advice

A Carer is…..

“Someone who looks after or helps to look after a relative, neighbour or friend who has additional needs as a result of disability, illness or ageing. The care given is informal in that it does not form part of a paid contract: instead it relies on a sense of responsibility for and commitment to the other, driven by feelings of love, duty and concern”

Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work, 2003

Are You a Carer?

If you are a carer please ask the surgery for a carers pack

We need to know that you are a carer so that you can be offered priority appointments, flu vaccinations and if you require we can refer you to Northamptonshire Carers for an assessment - they will be able to help you with services and support that is available to you.

To register as a carer please complete the online carers referral form below:

Carers UK

They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Telephone: 020 7378 4999

Website: www.carersuk.org

NHS Links

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 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?

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