A Carer is anyone, including children and adults who look after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid. Many Carers don’t see themselves as carers and it takes them an average of two years to acknowledge their role as a carer.
It can be difficult for Carers to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person for whom they care, whether that relationship is as a parent, child, sibling partner or a friend.
We try to support our patients who are Carer’s. We have ‘Carer’s Packs’ available from surgery, these contain all sorts of information about where you can obtain advice and support from as well as practical information. Derbyshire Carers Association, 3 Park Rd, Ripley, DE5 3EF. Tel: 01773 833833 are also a useful place to contact for help.
Another useful website is www.carersinderbyshire.org.uk
You can register for a Carer’s Emergency Card at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/carerscard (Tel: 01629 533190). This is a card you can keep in your purse or wallet so that if YOU have an emergency people know that you are a carer and that someone relies on you for help and support, the emergency services will then be able to contact a relative or friend who can step into your care role.