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 Victoria Road Surgery

FAMILY CARERS

 

Are you helping a Spouse do routine daily activities such as cooking/cleaning/bathing, if so you could be classed as a FAMILY CARER.

 

Are you a friend helping out by doing the odd bit of shopping or posting letters as your friend is finding it difficult to venture out, if so you could be classed as a FAMILY CARER.

 

The website Carers Trust explains the tasks a FAMILY CARER may undertake as:

  • Practical household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, washing up, ironing, paying bills and financial management.
  • Personal care such as bathing, dressing, lifting, administering medication and collecting prescriptions.
  • Emotional support such as listening, offering advice and friendship.

The above tasks as you can see are everyday activities.   It is very hard for the surgery to identify Spouses/Friends as FAMILY CARERS as you will not see yourself in that role most of the time - you will see it as helping out or even as a married duty that you are happy to do.

 

Sometimes the tasks can leave the FAMILY CARER tired and not always looking after themselves as they should and that is where we come in to help you with advice and point you in the right direction of groups of carers in the same situation that you can talk to and they understand what you are dealing with.

 

Websites/Groups: -

 

Carers Trust - www.carers.org - Tel: 0844 800 4361

(National Carers organisation that can help you with advice on finances/respite care)

 

Suffolk Carers - www.suffolk-carers.org.uk - Tel: 01473 835477

(Regional Carers organisation that can help you with advice on finances/respite care)

 

 

The surgery also has a Carers Co-Ordinator, Sandra Spindler, who is available to speak to on a Monday - Friday between 9:30am - 2:00pm.

 

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The surgery is also involved with NHS Englands new incentive called NHSE Patients in Control.  This is  for patients and carers who wish to take more control of their Health and Wellbeing, initial information is being sourced via a survey and the surgery would encourage you to complete this to allow the commissioning body an insight into what really matters to you.

 

http://survey.redbrickresearch.co.uk/a/TakeSurvey?id=3833836&custom25=GYWCCG

 

Thank you for completing the survey.


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