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Are you a Carer or are you cared for?

The definition of a Carer is someone who looks after a relative or friend, young or old, who is disabled due to a physical or mental impairment or by age.

Many Carers do not even realise that they are Carers for many reasons.  For example, they may be looking after a disabled child in a normal family setting, or the Carer may be a child themselves and looking after a parent or sibling, or you may even be a friend who checks in on an elderly neighbour.....the scenarios of Carers are numerous and very diverse.  

The Practice would like to know of all of the 'Carers' and 'Cared for' patients within its list.  We are campaigning to help as much as we can.  If we know of carers we can adapt the surgery systems to make life easier.  This may be doing such things as making the repeat ordering of prescriptions easier, or advising you that the Cared for patient is in need of a health check so that you are able to support them.  You may like to make some other suggestions of how we can help.  We will need permission from the Cared for patient to be able to help and so arranging this will help both you and the Practice. 

We have leaflets and Carers Packs available from reception, and a simple form/ letter of authorisation that will help us to work with you and of course any information that is shared with us is kept entirely confidential. Alternatively you can access the carers form through this link  - Online carers form.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our Carers Survey at Somercotes. We have looked at the responses and feedback, and working with the Derbyshire Carers Association charity we have created a pioneering new scheme of in- surgery support for carers in the area.

We now have a Carer Support Worker from Derbyshire Carers Association who comes to the surgery once monthly to run a clinic for Carers who would like to get some support or guidance with their caring role. If you are feeling over-whelmed or even if your coping fine Lisa, our support worker, can work with you to:

Access additional funding

Access respite care

Apply for blue badges

Provide one to one support

Create emergency plans in case you become unwell yourself

Get extra help in for you and your loved one

Lisa is happy to offer support in person at Somercotes Medical Centre, on the telephone or even in your own home. To find out more or to book an appointment contact the reception team at Somercotes Medical Centr.

Many thanks

The surgery team



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