Carers

Who is a Carer?

A carer is somebody who cares for a friend or family member.

The person they  care for usually needs support due to their age, illness, disability, substance, misuse or mental health problem and couldn’t manage without this help.

This is not the same as someone who provides care as their job, or through a voluntary organisation.

Caring for someone covers lots of different things, like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.

If this sounds like you then you are considered to be a carer.

We keep a GP Carers Register at our surgery of patients who are also carers. This can help us better understand the condition of the person you care for, and to look out for the warning signs of illnesses that are common among careres, such as back pain resulting from heavy lifting or stress.

We may be able to offer extra support such as more readily available home visits, flu jabs or more flexibility with appointments or obtaining repeat prescriptions.

Please let us know if you are a carer and we will add you to our Carers Register.

Carers Action Plan 2018 – 2020: Supporting carers today

In line with Carers Week this week, this plan sets out the cross-government programme of work to support carers over the next two years. You can view the plan here.

Contact: Sarah Garner, sarah.garner7@nhs.net

Care Choices

Berkshire Care Services Directory – the independent guide to care and support in Berkshire.

Website: www.carechoices.co.uk

Wokingham Young Carers

You may not see yourself as one, but if you are supporting a relative or friend of any age who has a learning disability, mental health issues, a history of substance misuse, a serious health condition, is physically disabled, or is elderly and frail, then you are a Carer.

Look after yourself as well as the loved one you care for. Get in touch today.

Telephone: 0118 324 7333

Website: www.wokinghamoutreachcarersservice.org.uk

Help for Hidden Carers

Many people who carry out caring responsibilities don’t recognise themselves as carers and could be unaware of the help available. Many may feel that they are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as a friend or family member. There’s now a Freephone number offering these ‘hidden carers’ support and information.

Telephone: 0800 1337851

Website: www.eastberkshireccg.nhs.uk

Young Carers Youth Clubs - Brighter Futures for Children

Young Carers youth Clubs available for the following age groups ages 5 to 13 years and 13 years to 19 years.

For further information on these clubs please contact:

Telephone: 0118 9373641

Email: cspoa@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

Berkshire West Your Way

Accessing Your Way is designed to be as easy and straight forward as possible. We aim to make support genuinely self-directed for everyone we work with.

Website: www.together-uk.org

Carers Direct Helpline

You can call the Carers Direct helpline if you need help with your caring role and want to talk to someone about what options are available to you.

Telephone: 0300 123 1053

Website: www.nhs.uk

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