Are you a Carer?
A carer is someone who looks after a relative, partner or a friend who cannot manage at home without help due to a disability or illness or because they are elderly or frail.
There are estimated to be over 47,000 carers in Wiltshire alone.
Carers fall broadly into 3 groups:
- Adult carers – an adult caring for another adult such as a spouse, partner, friend or relative
- Parent carers – an adult who cares for an ill or disabled child
- Young carers (under 25 years old) – a child or young person who is carrying out significant caring tasks and assuming a level of responsibility for another person which would usually be taken by an adult
SUPPORT FOR CARERS AT THE SURGERY
The surgery runs an annual health check service for patients who are carers. Appointments are designed to give you a full health check and an opportunity to discuss your health. The appointment will last approximately 1 hour. Representatives from Carers Support West Wilts and the Wiltshire Council Health Trainers are also available to offer advice or answer any queries. Please contact Jane if you would like to receive an invitation.
Jane Queree is the Practice Carers Representative.
She is able to provide help and information to Carers. She is also able to access services for you (appointments etc) so that they can be arranged at a time that suits you.
To speak with Jane, please telephone The Health Centre, BOA, 01225 866611.
Patient information leaflets
Practice Achieves Gold Plus Level Award for Carers
The Partners and staff would like to congratulations to Hayley Holland, Jane Queree & the Nursing Team for achieving the Gold Plus level.
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Carer Support Wiltshire - Carers Cafe
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The Kings Arms, 20 Market Place, Melksham
1st Thursday of every month from 10.30am- 12.00pm
For anyone aged 18 or over who helps another person in their day to day life, usually a relative or friend, who could not manage without that support.
For more information, please contact Carer Support Wiltshire on freephone 0800 181 4118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. or you can visit www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk
SUPPORT FOR CARERS IN THE COMMUNITY
Carer Support Wiltshire provides FREE and confidential Information, Advice and Support to all Carers in Wiltshire.
It does not matter if you are caring for someone occasionally or for longer lengths of time, you may request the free pack. It contains loads of useful information plus contact details of other organisations to assist you in your caring role.
- A Carers Information Pack
- A home visit if required
- Signposting to Agencies for help with benefit claims
- Someone to listen
- The chance to meet other carers at our Carers Groups
- Regular newsletters
- News of special days out and therapies available for carers
- Training to support you in your caring role
- Information about our befriending service and breaks for carers
- Volunteering opportunities
For further information, please visit the Carer Support Wiltshire website or telephone 0800 181 4118
Time For Care Award - formerly known as Carers Break Prescriptions
From the 1st April 2018, Carers Break Prescriptions will no longer be available through the Surgery. However, if you feel that a break may be beneficial to you, or you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed with your caring role, please contact Jane 01225 866611 who will be able to discuss with Carer Support Wiltshire your needs and they will be able to liaise with you what break is best suited for you.
For more information regarding this service, please contact Jane on 01225 866611 or Carer Support Wiltshire on freephone 0800 181 4118 or visit the website www.carerswiltshire.co.uk
The Care Act replaces most current law regarding carers and people being cared for. It outlines the way in which local authorities should carry out carer’s assessments and needs assessments how local authorities should determine who is eligible for support, the new obligations on local authorities, and how local authorities should charge for both residential care and community care.
Please click here for more information
Directory of Services
Wiltshire Council in partnership with Health Watch has launched the directory of services website, which has a wealth of information.
Please follow this link for more information.
Message in a bottle Scheme
This scheme is free to the user. Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can fall downstairs or have a car accident, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you. As a minimum it will save the Emergency Services valuable time identifying you and your emergency contacts. By telling whether you have special medication or allergies or not, it is a potential lifesaver and provides peace of mind to users and their friends and families.
As the name suggests, the personal information is kept in a bottle. The bottle is plastic,with a push fit lid, and is big enough to hold the necessary information. The bottle is then kept in the fridge, where the emergency services will expect to look for it in the event of being called to your home. They will be alerted to your membership of the scheme by two labels which are unique to the scheme. One is fixed to the back of the front door (or the door most used to access the premises), and the second is attached to the door of the fridge.
For more information please contact us locally on 0845 833 9513
Bottles are available at Bradford on Avon Health Centre