Jo Sansome is the practice Carers Champion, supported by Jackie Albans-Marriott
A carer is anyone who offers unpaid support, for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without support. Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many don't choose to become carers; it just happens. Every carer and their situation is individual and will have specific and unique needs and aspirations.
Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
You are an unpaid carer if you support a family member or friend who is ill, disabled, elderly, has poor mental health or misuses substances. You are a Young Carer if you are under 18 in this role. The support you offer may be emotional or include shopping, cooking, dealing with medication, or attend medical appointments with the person you care for. The person you care for could live with you, in their own home, or even in residential care.
It is important that you let your medical practice know that you look after someone. You can be added to the practice 'carer register' and gain to access to information and support, this includes access to a named Carer Champion.
A Carer Champion is a staff member at your practice who support carers. They are the key point of contact and the ‘voice’ for carers.
As a carer, you are also entitled to an annual flu vaccine and a health check.
You are also entitled to a Carers Assessment, you would need to contact the Nottinghamshire Carers Hub for this (details below).
Nottinghamshire Carers Association
Nottinghamshire Carers Association works with schools, health and social care professionals to raise awareness of Carers .
We are supporting organisations to identify Carers and Young Carers and offer the best support possible. Contact Nottinghamshire Carers Association on email@example.com
Nottinghamshire Carers Hub
Carers Trust East Midlands provides timely, personalised information and support for Carers via the Nottinghamshire Carers Hub to make caring for a loved one easier.
Contact Nottinghamshire Carers Hub on:
0115 824 8824 Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm You can speak to an experienced support worker who will provide a personalised service that meets your individual needs.
Nottinghamshire County Council support for Carers
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.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund