Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
Who is a carer? Anyone who, unpaid, looks after a friend or relative on a day-to-day basis. If they could not manage without your help for up to 2 weeks, then you are a carer. We are concerned to ensure that your own health and well-being do not suffer.
We can, with your permission, put you in touch with Carer Support Wiltshire
They are excellent at signposting you to the appropriate help and they also provide carer cafes and other social events.
We, with Carer Support Wiltshire have run our first event for carers. This was an opportunity to socialise, have a health check and get advice. The next one will be in September, so let us know if you would like to come along. We will also offer you a free 'flu vaccination each year to keep you fit and healthy.
Carer Assessments: Carer Support Wiltshire undertake carer assessments. These are not about seeing how good a carer you are, but what help and support could be provided to help you to cope. Ask at our reception if you would like to know more.
Great news - The Castle Practice has just won a GOLD LEVEL award for its work supporting carers! We are thrilled and will continue the good work
Click here to find out more about Carer Support Wiltshire
Young Carers -
Sadly there are many young people who are looking after parents, brothers and sisters. We also want to give our support to them. If you are under 18 and are a carers, please click on our page For Young Patients for more information. And please, please do tell us about your situation.
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.