Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you. The surgery has compiled a pack of 2 documents to help carers - a carers identification and referral form and a carers medical record access agreement form both found within the Carer Information Leaflet below:
Carer Information Leaflet April 2016
There is also 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
- 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
Does someone rely on you? Are you looking after someone (a family member or someone close to you) who because they are ill or disabled could not manage without you. If so then you are a Carer and Carers Bucks www.carersbucks.org (telephone 0300 777 2722) can help you.
Carers Bucks is a free service that supports carers of all ages, who might be caring for someone with dementia, a physical or learning disability, serious illness or mental health condition. Whatever your caring role Carers Bucks can help by providing:
- help to get a break
- up to date information and advice on carers' issues including benefits
- training to help carers with their caring role
- an In Case of Emergency service (ICE) if carers are suddenly taken ill or have an accident.
- someone to talk to in confidence
- advice and support for working carers
- a Young Carer service for children and young people caring for a family member
- Online Community to meet other carers in similar situations
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
Are you looking for a care home in Bucks? Do you have something to say about an adult care home in the county? If so, speak to Healthwatch Bucks....
We have been visiting local care homes as lay people reporting on dignity in care. Our first thought is 'would I put my relative in this home?' We try to remain non-judgemental and report only what we see and hear. So our reports are based on evidence not on hunch. However, we only visit for a short time on a particular day and so we also collect views of others who either work, live in or visit any home and publish those alongside our report. You can see them here http://www.healthwatchbucks.co.uk/dignity-care-reports-0 . This not only gives a voice to those who live, work or visit any home but also gives people looking for a care home a flavour of what it might be like. We would, of course, also recommend that anyone looking for care also refers to the Care Quality Commissions reports https://www.cqc.org.uk/ and visits each home themselves to enable them to make an informed choice.
We would appreciate any feedback on your experiences too. We will publish these comments on our website (this can be done anonymously) so that the most rounded view can be seen of any particular home. Again please post your comments here http://www.healthwatchbucks.co.uk/dignity-care-reports-0 or write to us.