Are you a carer? Did you know that a lot of carers are hidden carers?
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Could this be you?
There are around seven million carers in the UK - that is 1 in 10 people, this figure is set to rise by around 3.4 million by 2030. Many of these carers remain unknown to their GP Practice and are therefore missing out on vital information and support which could help both those being cared for and those acting as the carer.
As part of our service at Headcorn Surgery we are interested in identifying carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that carers are often “hidden”, looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day-to-day tasks and may not see themselves as a Carer.
Caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community and we want to ensure that you have all the appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care, as well as a listening ear when things get too much.
If you believe you are a carer, please get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we may update your records accordingly. If you believe that someone is caring for you, please also do get in touch.
There are lots of charitable services out there which provide fantastic information to our incredibly important caring community. The following websites have invaluable information for carers both young and old.
Help to Care is a free mobile app designed to help you to spot the signs of a problem and find the right information and advice if you’re worried about someone. You can find more information on our Latest News page