Looking after someone who is ill or disabled can be a lonely and sometimes frustrating business. It can also be extremely rewarding for both the carer and the person being cared for.
When you register with the practice you complete a registration form which asks the following questions:
- Are you a carer?
- Do you have a carer?
You do not have to fill this section in if you do not wish to, but if you do we will record this information on your record and in our carers register. If you are caring for someone but you don't wish it to be formally documented on our carers register please just let your GP or the nurse know whenever you attend for an appointment. He or she can record it in the consultation but it will not be picked up through our register and statistics.
We do this to highlight to people involved in your care that you may have particular difficulties or complications because of caring for someone whether that be around getting to the surgery for appointments, or needing help to obtain benefits, aids, adaptations or just some practical help with any of the issues surrounding caring for someone.
Our computer system can then keep a register of carers and on occasion we may be able to notify you of local events,conferences or services specifically for carers. You will also be offered an annual health check.
Eden Carers Local Support:
If you would like further information about local support for carers please contact Eden Carers, The Office, Mardale Road, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 9EH Telephone 01768 890280
The Carers Direct link on the right has a wealth of information that you may find helpful.