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A Carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability.
Most carers don't recognise themselves under the term 'carer'. They are just ordinary people who, typically may be looking after:
• a mother with Alzheimer's Disease
• a partner with Multiple Sclerosis or
• a child with Asperger's syndrome
Children or young people between the ages of 5 and 25 who care for at least one family member are classed as Young Carers.
We are very lucky in this area to have an excellent support agency entitled 'Carer Support Wiltshire' (based at Semington) who offer free and confidential information, advice and emotional support. They can be reached by telephone on 01380 871690. Their new website address is www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk. A freephone number for carers is also available 0800 181 4118.
• Information Packs
• A listening ear
• Opportunities to take breaks from the caring role eg. outings, theaputic breaks, pampering, meals out (sorry, these are not free), craft activities etc.
• Regular Carers Groups (with speakers)
• A magazine produced 3 times a year
• Opportunities for training
• Stress management
• Relaxation techniques etc.
No distinction is made between 'live-in' carers and those who live apart from the cared-for person and help when needed.
The Practice offers:
• Carer Health Checks with fully trained Health Care Assistant
• A Carer Support Worker is available to speak to from Carers Support, West Wilts at the Health Check
• Repeat prescriptions over the phone for the Cared For or the Carer.
Please ring the surgery if you have any queries about any of the above.
Carer Questionnaires can be obtained from Reception if you wish to identify yourself as a Carer.