Am I a carer?

A carer is someone who provides help and support to a partner, child or relative who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, a physical or mental illness or a disability.  A young carer is a person under the age of 18 carrying out caring duties and assuming responsibility for another person, a role that would normally be taken by an adult. Anyone can take on the caring role at any time and often at a time when they least expect to.

Many carers do not think of themselves as a carer. They are often just doing what anyone else would do in their circumstances and and looking after their mother, husband, child or best friend.

If you are a carer, you have a right to see your own health looked after and the best way to cope with the physical and emotional ties often associated with caring, is to care for yourself too.

How can I get support?

Your doctor's surgery is a good place to get information and support.  Your doctor may not know that you are a carer.

Argyle Medical Group have a protocol to identify carers and forms to complete to let the practice know about your caring responsibilities. We also have a consent form so that the person you are caring for can give us permission to discuss their medical condition with you, if necessary. You can ask at the reception for a copy of all the forms you will need or you can print them off directly by clicking on the links below:

Carers Registration Form       

Consent Form

Please hand BOTH of your completed forms into us for the attention Jo Bidgood and with your agreement, we will pass this form to the Social Services for you to receive a Carers Assessment.

If you make an appointment for yourself with your doctor, ask for a little more time with the doctor to discuss your needs. Talk through any issues you have, especially if you are suffering fatigue, stress or anxiety.

If you find it difficult to leave the person you care for on their own, ask your doctor if a home visit is possible.

It may also be possible to have prescriptions delivered to your door.  You can ask your local pharmacy about this.

Some useful links.

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?

Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

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