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Carers Direct

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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.  We offer all our Carer's a free influenza vaccination as we understand that you are valuable and cannot afford to be ill when you are responsible for someone elses care. 

Are You a Young Carer? or Do You Have a Young Carer?

Did you know that we can refer any child aged between 5 years - 18 years to Sandwell Young Carers.  Here they will have the opportunity to mix and socialise with other children in a similar situation as them.  They are an organisation that is run via. Sandwell Council and can offer short breaks, family events and put a support package in place for them. 

Referrals have to be done by a Doctor or Nurse to this service so please contact us for more information and we will be happy to discuss this further. 

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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