Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.
Here at Kirkburton Health Centre, we have a Carers Champions, Clare. We have a dedicated Carer's board on display in the practice with various details of help and support that is available. We have regular coffee mornings here at the practice for carers.
At Carers Count we recognise that being a carer can impact on your day to day life significantly, including, emotionally (it can be both rewarding and isolating), financially (you may be unable to work)and physically (your own health can suffer as a result).
Carers Count has been set up to promote the wellbeing of carers so they can continue in their caring role and have a life of their own by;
Providing quality advice and information
Running groups, activities and sessions.
Providing support and helping carers to support each other.
Helping carers have a voice and be heard through the advocacy service and the Carers Network.
Helping to raise awareness of carers rights and issues to the wider public.
Any carer contacting and using the service can expect;
To be listened to and taken seriously
To be treated with respect.
To be supported in a way that meets their individual needs
If you are or have been a carer and would like to gain support from our service or advice and information please get in touch. This website offers links on current information which may affect you as a carer and information on events and services that Carers Count provides. We also have a facebook page which we would love for you to 'like' to gain access to the current updates at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carers-Count/274535789350172
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?
Finance & 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