Do you look after someone who is ill, frail,disabled or mentally ill? If so, you are a carer. 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. Please complete our carers form and access all the information available on this site
We feel that caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24 hour job that can be very demanding and isolating for a carer. We further believe carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not least, a listening ear when things get too much.
As a carer, you are also entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A Carer's support Plan is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. This could be done seperately, or together, depending on the situation. There is no charge for an assessment.
Following an assessment Middlesbrough Council will help support carers needing a break or holiday or can provide holistic therapies and papmer sessions.
A common problem experienced by Carers is being unable to speak to a doctor/nurse about medical matters relating to the person they care for due to patient confidentiality. If the person you care for is happy for you to have access to their medical records and to discuss their care with members of the surgery team then you can print out and complete our Agreement Form and drop it off at the surgery next time you are passing.
Are you worried about what will happen to the person you care for if you were taken ill? Information on carers emergency cards is available here.
There are many local support services for carers, Please follow the links below for more information:
Sanctuary Carers Outreach Service
MIND Carers' Support Service
Barnardos Young Carers Service
The Junction - Young Carers
If you wish to speak to other carers, Carers connected is a "virtual" Community for carers.. All you need is access to the internet. Carers connected is a place to meet other carers and share your experiences. Visit the site here
If you need information on financial support and benefits click here to access the relevant section of Middlesbrough Councils website
A list of telephone numbers that carers may find useful can be viewed here - Useful contacts
More information for carers is available on the Middlesbrough Council Website and also on the NHS Choices website