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Our Mission Statement - Our aim here at Distington Surgery is to provide a quality healthcare service to the community and assist them in improving and maintaining their health through teamwork, education and specialist advice. Distington Surgery promotes understanding and respect among all patients and staff through a confidential, unbiased, caring and committed environment.  

Carers Direct

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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you

Carers Health Support Worker

So, ask yourself am I a Carer?

Many people don’t consider themselves to be in a caring role. Some people may only see themselves as a Husband, Mum, Brother, Son or Daughter!

So, do you do any of the following for a friend, member of the family or even a neighbour who couldn’t manage without your help?

  • west_cumbria_carers.jpgHousework or shopping
  • Handling money matters
  • Hospital and surgery
  • Personal care, such as washing and dressing

if you do, then YOU ARE A CARER!

So what sort of support do West Cumbria Carers provide?

Our service is FREE and is given in many different ways, we:

  • Support Groups – meet people in similar situations
  • Carers Assessment –This is an opportunity for you to meet with a support worker to discuss your role and identify any support we may be able to offer
  • Emergency Card (called contingency planning) – To give reassurance of support for the person you care for if you become ill or have an emergency.
  • Activities – Various activities to support carers health and understanding
  • Quarterly newsletters – information sharing of topics that affect Carers generally
  • Benefits support
  • Trips, outings and social events – an opportunity for time out of you caring role
  • Counselling & Volunteer Support Services

You can ask any member of staff within the practice to refer you to our organisation, so please ask for more information in the surgery. Alternatively you can call myself or one of my colleagues at West Cumbria Carers on 01900 821976

 

Register with us as a Carer

We would like to encourage all patients who:

might help someone with:

· housework & shopping

· money matters

· hospital and surgery visits

· personal care such as washing and dressing

or need support because the help you provide:

· is affecting your health

· is affecting your job

· means you are constantly tired and stressed

or the person you care for is:

·  getting too ill or frail for you to manage on your own

to let us know, either when on the telephone to the surgery, at your next appointment, or via the online contact form.With your permission, we can also ask Caroline, who is the practice Support Worker to get in touch to tell you a bit more about how she can help.

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone
0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/carerslives/updates/pages/carersdirecthelpline.aspx
Email
CarersDirect@nhschoices.nhs.uk
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.



 
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