Carers are people who, without payment, provide help and support to a family member, friend or neighbour who cannot manage on their own due to physical or mental illness, disability, substance misuse or frailty brought on by old age.
Caring roles can include administering medication, lifting and handling, personal or emotional care.
Carers should not be confused with paid care workers, care assistants or with volunteer care workers.
A “Young Carer” is defined as being below 18, who carries out significant caring tasks and by so doing, shoulders a level of responsibility for another person which is inappropriate for their age.
The Practice will support Carers by:
- Identifying a “Carer’s Champion”, who is Shani Cullen, Administrator, to ensure that the support to Carers by the Practice is being undertaken and to be available to Carers as the first line of liaison.
- Providing relevant information and Local Authority resources and contact points.
- Working towards the provision of suitable appointment flexibility and understanding.
- Providing care, health checks and advice to enable them to maximise their own health and needs.
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