Carer Support Services - Are you a Hidden Carer?

Carer Support Services available at York House Medical Centre

Are you a hidden carer?

This surgery and Worcestershire Association of Carers are working together to introduce a new service, dedicated to the support of carers. 

In Worcestershire there are estimated to be 60,000 carers who look after someone else, but only a fraction of them are known to support services.  Many people who provide this unpaid care do not see themselves as carers.  Also, many who are in a caring role do not know where to go for information or support.

People who provide high levels of care can often find their own needs are neglected with the demands of the role affecting their career, finances and relationships.  This can have a detrimental effect on their physical and emotional wellbeing.  Unsurprisingly, carers are twice as likely to suffer ill health compared to those who do not have caring responsibilities.

Are you a carer who looks after someone? It may be a friend, relative or neighbour who, through illness, disability, frailty or old age, could not manage without your help.  If you are a carer, the surgery wants to support you through the new carer support service. 

The aim of the new service is to provide an opportunity for those in a caring role to have a one to one meeting with a carer support advisor.  At the meeting you can explore ways of improving your quality of life.  You can discuss the various issues that you encounter in your everyday life as a carer. The advisor will signpost you to additional services and benefits to which you may be entitled, and will also provide you with an opportunity to share your feelings and concerns within a confidential setting.

We have a carer support advisor.  If you would like to book an appointment with her, please telephone Verity Monk our secretary on 01299872850. Arrangements can then be made for our carer support advisor to meet you either at the practice or, dependent upon your circumstances, at home.


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