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We are trying to identify as many Carers as we can, particularly those people who may be looking after a member of their family or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks, don’t really regard themselves as a Carer and are undertaking this vital activity without help or support.
Although extremely valuable and important, caring for someone can mean being in demand round the clock and lead to a feeling of isolation, which is why we want Carers to receive all the support and information we can give, on topics such as benefit entitlement, access to respite care or maybe simply to provide a kindly ear when things get too much.
If you are caring for someone, we really would like you to let us know, so that we can ensure our records are up-to-date and, if you are agreeable, pass your details to our Carer Support Worker.
To contact our Carer Support Worker, please call the main surgery number 01803 557458.
For older patients, a lot of useful information can be found at www.ageuk.org.uk
We think that there are 16,000 unpaid carers in Torbay. Are you one? Links about financial support, young carers, juggling work with caring etc..
We talk to Katy Heard (Torbay Carers Service) & Ann Balsom (Carer) about the support available for unpaid carers.
Looking after your loved ones can be tough, but you’re not on your own. Led by carers, we’re here to give you expert help & support.
As the UK's only national membership charity for carers, Carers UK is both a support network and a movement for change.
Do you look after an aging relative?
Our word for mid life children providing care for elderly relatives in the community.
Our word for the multitude of activities carents undertake as first aiders, homemakers, care coordinators, personal shoppers, chauffeurs, secretaries and financial or legal advisers.
Founded on my personal and professional ambition to make ageing and caring a happier, healthier and more engaged experience.
As a dually qualified GP and Consultant in Public Health Medicine, I have over 30 years of experience tackling ageing in individuals and communities but the direct experience of caring for my elderly father and being supported by others in similar roles afforded me new insights into the challenges of ageing and caring.
My experience showed that ageing and caring in the UK can be isolating and challenging, compounded by a lack of recognition and a shortage of suitable information, services, products and experiences which could make life easier for busy carents and their ageing parents. National research shows that my concerns are shared by millions of families in the UK.
I realised that, although there is a global commitment to tackle ageing, current strategies do not adequately support carents or realise their value. With more recognition and support, carents can better safeguard their own and their parents wellbeing, reduce avoidable pressures on formal health and care services, and shape the development of suitable ageing products.
I created The Carents Room to give carents the support and opportunities they need to make life better for themselves, their parents, and our ageing society.
The Carents Room is a self funded venture committed to quality and transparency, respect and equality. If you share these values and want to support carents or improve ageing, then please join in. The door is wide open and together we can make a difference.
The Carers Trust has 144 carers' centres across the UK where you can find information, emotional support and training in skills such as first aid and stress reduction.
If you're a carer, there are many organisations that can provide practical and financial help, as well as short breaks from caring. You can find information and advice here.
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