Do you Care for Someone?
A carer is someone who without payment, provides support to a relative or friend who could not manage without help.
A carer for example:
- May give personal care, washing dressing, administering medication.
- May give practical help such as preparing meals, doing housework or shopping.
- Keep an eye on a person to keep them safe.
- Reminding and taking a person to medical appointments.
Just a few examples but this list could go on and on!
We would like to help to keep carers mentally and physically well to enable them to take good care of themselves and the person they care for.
At Queen Camel Medical Centre we have a carers register and urge carers to add themselves to the register, as when identified as an unpaid carer you would be entitled to a yearly flu vaccination. We also have Trudi Gibbons who is the carers champion in the surgery to offer you support and advice to help navigate the health and social care system and signpost you to organisations and groups to help.
If you think this is about you, please add yourself to the carers register by phoning the surgery or via reception.
FREE DEMENTIA FRIENDS AWARENESS SESSIONS IN QUEEN CAMEL
Dementia Action Week is 16-21 May
During April some free Dementia Friends awareness sessions are being offered in Queen Camel.
In the UK one person develops dementia every three minutes. It turns lives upside-down and there is no cure. Almost everyone knows someone whose life has become affected. Many people living with dementia are often isolated and do not feel part of their local community.
The term dementia covers a range of different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. It affects people in different ways, but it’s a condition that progressively gets worse.
As well as problems with memory, symptoms can include feeling confused, having difficulty thinking things through and following conversations, which impacts on a range of everyday activities, from socialising to shopping.
You are invited to become a Dementia Friend by attending any one of a number of free sessions being offered in Queen Camel at different days, times and venues to suit your availability, leading up to Dementia Action Week.
Each session lasts an hour and raises awareness and understanding of the problems that dementia can cause. They are open to absolutely anyone and everyone, of all ages, in Queen Camel. No need to book in – just come along to a session that suits you!
For more information call 07508054866.
DATE TIME VENUE
Thursday 7 April 4.00 – 5.00pm The Willows Day Centre @ The Old School
Tuesday 13 April 10.30 – 12 noon Village Hall Coffee morning – Alzheimer’s Society stand with information & advice
Wednesday 20 April 10.30 –11.30am Cleaveside Community Lounge, Cleaveside Close
Monday 25 April 2.00 – 3.00pm St Barnabas’ Church
Saturday 30 April 10.30-11.30am The Willows Day Centre @ The Old School is holding an open day from 10am until 2pm so come and look around and meet the team. Dementia Friends session from 10.30-11.30am.
Wednesday 4 May 7.30-8.30pm Open Pathway Retreat Centre, Laurel Lane
Wednesday 18 May 2.00 – 4.30pm Open Pathway Retreat Centre, Laurel Lane – For people with dementia and their family members/carers – enjoy a cream tea and a wander around the garden
Are you looking after or providing support for a relative friend or neighbour? Are you being helped or supported by a relative friend or neighbour?
For an insight into being a carer and what you can do to find help, please have a look at the booklet below.
- Somerset Carers, who give support to all unpaid carers over 18 in Somerset. 0800 31 68 600 or www.somersetcarers.org
- Sompar Carers’ Assessments for those caring for people with mental health problems. Carers’ Development Manager 07774 207458 (Carers can be referred or self refer for a Carer’s Assessment providing the person that they support is registered with Somerset Partnership mental health services)
- Carers’ Information – Carers’ Service Administrator 01749 836633 / 07919 211361 or www.sompar.nhs.uk/what-we-do/carers-service and look under Carers
- CCS Village Agents – www.somersetagents.org Your local Village Agent can be contacted directly or by referral through your doctor’s surgery. Community Agents can only be contacted via referral from your doctor or Adult Social Services. They are problem-solving solution-finding super heroes!
- NHS England » Carers toolkit
- We’re here to make life better for carers – Carers UK
Your GP needs to know so you can be offered the right information, support and access to services. GP surgeries have to compile information for the government about the numbers of carers attached to the surgery so your information will help them to do this.
For more information contact the practice.
- There is more information about help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability on the NHS website.