You are a Carer if…
You look after someone who is ill, disabled, elderly or frail, and this person depends on you for their needs, care and support
The help and support you give is unpaid.
Many people are carers without even knowing it. Once you realise that you are a Carer you could get the support and information you are entitled to. This could include practical or emotional support, or help to claim suitable benefits.
Shimona Blacker is our Carer's Champion and will be promoting Carer identification & support in the practice. Her first act as champion has been to create a Carer's Support Noticeboard in the ground floor waiting room. Please check out the board on your next visit to the surgery. We have added some links below for information we hope you will find useful.
Carer's Count - Information & Support for carer's in Kirklees
Caring for a person with Dementia Alzheimer's Society - information about many aspects of caring for a person with dementia.
Connect to Support Help and advice groups, social outings and events - all for carers.
Care Counts - Need more help? Care Counts is a team of highly qualified, passionate and uniquely trained people with an extraordinary gift for providing an outstanding level of personal care and independent living in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Empowering individuals with the independence they need to enjoy the comfort of their own home, we aim to improve their lives and experience of everyday activities wherever possible.
NHS Choices Guide to Care & Support - This guide is for people who have care and support needs, their carers and people who are planning for their future care needs
Carers Count are still here during Lockdown
Although we currently find ourselves living in very strange times amid the coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to say that Carers Count is still ready to offer you support!
Our phone lines remain open on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Our team members are working from home, so we encourage you to leave a message if your call is not answered. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
We also have some exciting news about a Digital Online Resource for Carers; this service is free to use with our Kirklees code, so we encourage those of you with internet access to take a look! You will need to open your own account with Carers UK, which only takes a few minutes.
Visit carersdigital.org today and enter your Free Access Code: DGTL7419
The Digital Resource provides information, advice and guidance on a range of helpful topics in the following ways:
- E-learning courses on building resilience, health and well-being and many more
- The Jointly Care Coordination app, available to download
- Free publications such as ‘Looking after someone’ and ‘Being Heard: a guide to self-advocacy for carers’
- Links to local support services
If you need any support with accessing the Digital Resource, please feel free to give us a call and we will happily provide guidance on this.
We would also like to let you know about our social media activity. If you have access to Facebook or Twitter, then you can find out more about what’s happening locally by following us on:
Facebook: CarersCountKirklees and #kirkleesthinkcarers
Finally, we have also launched our new website! Please take a look at www.carerscount.org.uk. Here you will find information about our service at Carers Count, as well as Carer support services across Kirklees, including Carers Trust, Kirkwood Hospice and Barnardo’s Young Carers. You will be able to access our newsletters and calendar of events. Look out for virtual events happening soon. We have also created a resource library which includes fun activities for lockdown, so please have a look on your next cuppa break!
We appreciate that not all carers have access to the internet, so watch out for our newsletter arriving in the post. If you require further information, please give us a call and we can refer you to our Information and Advice team.
Please can we also take this opportunity to ask, if you have any ideas or information that you feel might help other carers at this time, get in touch and let us know. We are also happy to receive feedback about what could help us to improve our service for you.
At Carers Count, we will do our very best to share this information as we work through this time together.
Thank you and please take care of yourselves! #stayhomestaysafe
The Carers Count Team
Please click on the attached documents below:
Carers Count are still here to support you!.pdf
Carers Digital A4 Poster.pdf
DRC Jointly A5 leaflet (1).pdf