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Carers Support

Posted on March 16th, 2022

Here at Eastham Group Practice, we are committed and dedicated to looking after our unpaid carers and want you to know there is support available to you.

If you are someone who provides help and support to a relative or a friend, who could not manage otherwise, due to addiction, age, disability, illness, or mental health then you are considered a Carer.

Most Carers are over 18, but you may be a Young Carer who is under 18 looking for support. The care you provide could be practical, emotional or physical. Whatever the level of care you currently provide, it is important to know where to go to access the support, information and advice that will help you in your caring role.

Every year significant numbers of Carers feel unable to carry on caring because of illness or injury; this can result in the person you care for, going into long term care prematurely. In many cases, this can be prevented with better access to information and guidance about services or support you may be entitled to.

Would you like to talk to someone and access information on services to help you in your caring role, has the person you care for had a recent diagnosis of dementia or living with Dementia and would like to know what to do next.

Please contact the Practice and ask to have an appointment with Claire Thomson, she is our Carer Support – Care co-ordinator and can contact you by phone or you can come into the practice for a face to face chat.

Claire can give you information on a wide range of service, signpost you into activities to meet other carers.

It is important that you also take care of yourself. Your GP practice will have a register of Carers, so make sure your doctor and other healthcare professionals are aware of your caring responsibilities.