We offer additional support for those who care for another. Please ensure that you register as a carer by completing a carer registration form (available from reception). We have a member of staff who is designated as a Carer's Champion; also a patient who is designated as a Patient Carer's Champion. In the near future we hope to have a telephone number available to contact the Patient Carer's Champion for advice and information.
Langport and Somerton Care Support Group meet in Langport on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Contact Langport Surgery (01458 250464) for further details. It is hoped that Somerton Surgery based carers will be able to meet in the new surgery when it is completed.
South Somerset Mind is offering a series of free workshops and support groups in Yeovil, starting in January 2012, for those who care for someone with a mental health issue. For further details: www.southsomersetmind.co.uk (01935 474875).
The South Somerset Healthcare Federation has lot of links to information for carers and people receiving care at http://www.sshf.org.uk/carers.php
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?
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.