If you are a carer, you might find it difficult to access our services without extra support.
If you identify yourself as a carer, our staff will try to offer you:
- Home visits and/or telephone appointments if caring responsibilities mean you cannot leave the person you care for at home or bring them with you to the surgery.
- Flexibility or priority on appointment times where possible.
- Support for the person you care for in the waiting room or a private area if you need to bring them to the surgery but would like an appointment in private.
- Information about local carers support services which may be able to arrange transport and/or sitting services to help you leave home to attend the surgery.
- Telephone ordering for prescriptions where possible.
- An annual health check and a flu jab.
- Information about your right to a Carers’ Assessment of your own needs as a carer.
- Advice on safer lifting and other aspects of providing care such as medication.
- Discussing with you what you would like us to do in the event of you or the person you care for having a medical or another emergency.
In some cases, caring roles are full time and very demanding. We would like to support you in your caring role where we can. We will avoid making assumptions about the amount of care you wish to take on.
Caring should not be at the expense of your own health and wellbeing. Please tell us how your caring role is affecting you and if you have any support needs.
We will try to help you by:
- Respecting your privacy and confidentiality and conducting conversations of a personal nature in private.
- Discussing the benefits of appropriate information sharing with patients who need or may in future need care from a relative or friend.
- Providing you with information about the condition and needs of the person you care for, such as the effects of medication, where that person gives consent.
- Always listening to and respecting the information you give us about your caring role and the needs of the person you care for.
- Providing you with general information about health conditions when you ask for it when we do not have consent from the person you care for to share their personal information.
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links to the site that we hope you will find useful.
Caring for a parent
Watch this video about caring for a parent at home.
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?
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 getting the benefits that they are entitled to.
Death and benefits
How your benefits may be affected by 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
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
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible.
The website will also provide access to the links below as well as providing other useful contact information to support you and your health and wellbeing.
|Area||Website Address||Telephone Number|
|Birmingham||Birmingham Carers Centre
|0121 448 7088|
|Birmingham||Birmingham Carers Association
|0121 675 8176|
|0121 788 1143|