If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you!
There is a wealth of information on the NHS website 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.
- 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
At the Health Centre our Carers Champion is Rita Taylor. We have dedicated Carer's boards displayed in the practice with various details of help and support that is available. We have a direct line where carers can leave a message with their query and we will get back to our carers during working hours Tuesday to Friday.
We also allow carers to book double appointments if they need to discuss the person they are caring for (if that person is also our patient) in addition to their own needs.
Can Carers Count Help You?
Carers Count is a new service for any adult in Kirklees who gives, or has given, time and energy, without being paid, to look after an adult family member or friend who can not manage on their own.
At Carers Count we recognise that being a carer can impact on your day to day life significantly, including, emotionally (it can be both rewarding and isolating), financially (you may be unable to work)and physically (your own health can suffer as a result).
Carers Count has been set up to promote the wellbeing of carers so they can continue in their caring role and have a life of their own by;
- Providing quality advice and information
- Running groups, activities and sessions.
- Providing support and helping carers to support each other.
- Helping carers have a voice and be heard through the advocacy service and the Carers Network.
- Providing training
- Helping to raise awareness of carers rights and issues to the wider public.
Any carer contacting and using the service can expect;
- To be listened to and taken seriously
- To be treated with respect.
- To be supported in a way that meets their individual needs
If you are or have been a carer and would like to gain support from our service or advice and information please get in touch. This website offers links on current information which may affect you as a carer and information on events and services that Carers Count provides. We also have a facebook page which we would love for you to 'like' to gain access to the current updates at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carers-Count/274535789350172
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The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being introduced by West Yorkshire Police and other agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
Carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, a form recording all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located, a photograph etc. In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily sent or handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information.
The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.
For more information please visit : http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/dementia/herbert-protocol
The University Health Centre is now apart of the Kirklees Safe Place Scheme!
What is the Kirklees Safe Places scheme?
The Safe Places scheme is to help vulnerable people when they go out. Sometimes when we go out things can happen and you need help but there is no one around to ask. You might have lost your bus pass or someone has been unkind and you feel upset and afraid. A Safe Place is somewhere you can go to for help if this ever happens to you.
For more information please visit : https://mencapinkirklees.wordpress.com/learning-disability-services-kirklees/safe-places/
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What is Dementia?
Dementia is a brain disease which often starts with memory problems and goes on to affect other parts of the brain.It mainly affects people over 65 and the likelihood increases with age but it can affect younger people too.Being diagnosed with dementia can be an anxious time for both you and for your friends, family or carer.
It is very important that you know how much support and expertise is available and how to get help.
Dementia Action Alliance
We are signed up to Dementia Action Alliance which brings together organisations across England committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers follow us at: http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/members_and_action_plans/4287-university_health_centre
Wellbeing For Men In Kirklees
Please see the leaflet below for a range of innovative community based peer support, friendship groups and physical opportunities for men in Kirklees.
Wellbeing for Men in Kirklees Leaflet