Desborough and Hazlemere surgeries, recognising the valuable role of carers, those who support and care for others, are compiling a register to identify carers to ensure that we can offer all possible help and advice to support them in their essential caring role.
If you are caring for someone at home or elsewhere who has a physical or mental illness, has learning difficulties, suffers alcohol or drug addiction problems or who is disabled, elderly or frail then…………..
YOU ARE A CARER (whether you are an Adult or a Child)
Carers often do not recognise themselves under the term “carer”. They see themselves as just helping someone who could not remain living in their own home without the help they provide. A carer can be an adult or a child. Many carers juggle paid work or study with their unpaid caring role. The term “carer” should not be confused with that of an employed care worker or someone who acts as a volunteer for an organisation.
Most carers are eligible for a free flu vaccination to protect themselves and the person they care for. Public Health England defines those eligible as: Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
We would like to pass your details on to Carers Bucks, www.carersbucks.org who offer a wide range of services and support to unpaid carers in Bucks.
Please complete this form to ensure we have your details and the details of the person you look after are correct- Carers Identification And Referral Form
In addition we recommend you complete an Information Sharing document which will allow Carers access to certain aspects of the medical record for the one they care for (please ask at the surgery for the relevant Information Sharing Agreement form).
Here is a link to a new Directory of local services which you may find useful.
We are a Dementia Friendly Practice
PARTNERSHIP working with carers, family and friends;
- Identify carers for all patients with Dementia by sending them a letter via the patient to ask them to identify themselves.
- Code the carers and ensure they are included and invited at all stages of the patient’s journey
- Refer the carers to your local carer support agencies
- Ensure the carers are copied in to hospital referral letters so that they are aware of appointment dates (this was the most common request from patients and carers)
- Give the carer and patient a list of helpful contacts in your area.
- Ensure the carer is offered a health check, flu jab and that we remind them that they can take a respite break if needed
- Encourage carers to look at the Alzheimer’s society website to make use of their excellent resources