Carers UK definition of a carer :
‘Carers look after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The care they provide is unpaid’
If you are a carer for someone or you are cared for by someone else, please let your GP know so that we can help to support you. The information can be entered on to your notes and added to our Register of Carers. A carer registration form can be obtained from reception to send off to our local Carer Support Group based in the Town Hall in Epsom. You can also ask to see our Carers Resource File.
THE GP CARER’S BREAK SCHEME
In Surrey we have a GP Carer’s Breaks Scheme which allows GPs to prescribe carers a break worth up to £500, based on a clinical assessment of your health. The money can be used to purchase alternative care to allow you to have a break or to pay for goods or services that will help you to relax and improve your health and well-being. If your GP agrees that you would benefit from a break, they will apply for the grant on your behalf and soon after you will be contacted by Surrey Independent Living Council, who administer the grant, to discuss your needs.
This practice has been taking part in this scheme, and to date – we have successfully applied for funding for over 300 of our patients.
Click on the links below for more information about advice and support for Carers.
SURREY INDEPENDENT LIVING COUNCIL (SILC)
SILC helps disabled people, older people and carers to live independently and make the most of the support available in Surrey. They can help disabled people, older people and carers to:
- Access a wide range of services
- Decide what support options are right for them
- Organise and purchase the support they need
- Manage their on-going support
- Have a voice in health and social care
If you would like to learn more about the services SILC can offer – click on the link below.
Link to SILC (Surrey Independent Living Council)