Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.
A carer is someone who provides care for a relative, friend or neighbour. The care can be of a personal or domestic nature, or maybe monitoring and prompting to ensure the “cared for” comes to no harm. Some carers have a substantial responsibility and as a result may neglect their own health and become every tired and as a consequence put their caring role at risk.
At the Medical Centre we try to know who our carers are, so we can offer them advice, support and encouragement.
Once our patients are noted as carers they will be offered support. There is a “Carers Clinic” running each Tuesday, this is a chance for a health check and the opportunity to discuss any issues that may be concerning the carer. Our carers can self refer to the clinic but appointments need to be pre-booked by phoning reception 01908 617111.
Carers Identification & Referral Form
Carers Medical Record Access Form
All carers will be invited in annually by letter, in the month of their birthday, but appointments can be made at other times if required. For more information call Karen Russell on 01908 619919.
A useful and informative website to visit is Carers MK - http://www.carersmiltonkeynes.org/
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?
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.