CARERS INFORMATION PAGE
The Ridgeway Surgery is a carers aware practice
If you are a carer for someone in your personal life, please inform the surgery as it will improve the service we can offer to you and the person you look after.
Benefits of being registered as a carer at the Ridgeway include:
A carer's health check carried out by us
Greater awareness from the practice of your circumstances
A marker will be placed in the records of you and the person you care for. This means a more joined-up medical approach to both of you
You will be added to our priority list for flu jabs
This year the surgery is also got involved in Carers Week; an event created to give recognition to the six million carers in the UK and the vital work they do every day.
Carers Week wanted to hear about your experiences as a carer, offer advice and services that may be helpful and get Britain's decision makers and public figures involved to make the lives of carers and those they look after easier.
To find out more about what happened during Carers Week (June 13-19) please go to their official website below and register today to make a difference and get your voice heard http://carersweek.org/
So, Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
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?
Carers support groups
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