Are You a Carer?
You are a carer if you look after a relative or friend who couldn't manage without you and you don't get paid.
This is irrespective of age, so young children looking after one of their parents are carers as well and we encourage them to make use of the support and advice on offer.
Carers UK are providing a Carers Hub service in the surgery from May 2012 on behalf of Islington Council. This service includes
- advice and information
- flexible breaks fund
- events and activities
The Carers Hub can also give you advice about services provided by others, like
- carers emergency card
- day care
- residential/nursing care short break
- benefits advice
- parking discounts
and much more
See below for contact details.
Telephone : 0800 085 1141
North London Eating Disorders Carers' Support Group
Run by BEAT (beating eating disorders charity).
Run in Islington for people over 18 who are carers, family members or friends of someone affected by an eating disorder. The Group aims to provide an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts, successes and problems and to offer support and information
The Group will be led by trained Group Facilitators and will meet on the LAST WEDNESDSAY of each month from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at:
Offices of RDSi359 City Road
For further information please contact https://web.nhs.net/owa/redir.aspx?C=a6d467157bf645dca572ef5d359c6cef&URL=mailto%3aBeatnorthlondon5%40gmail.com%c2%a0 or call Nicola on
07765 660 525 Sunday evenings between 6pm and 8pm.
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?
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- Other benefits
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible