Are You a Carer?
A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care for a family member or friend who, due to illness, disability, mental health issues or addiction, requires support to live a more fulfilled life
Lambeth have a range of organisations supporting carers
Carers UK https://www.carersuk.org/
Carer’s Hub Lambeth https://twitter.com/CarersHub
Lambeth Young Carers: https://twitter.com/LambethYCP
Carers’ Hub Lambeth and MYsocial are pleased to announce the launch of the Lambeth Carers Card. The Carers Card helps unpaid carers plan for emergencies, and offers useful resources and information for their caring role. We would be delighted if you could let carers in touch with your GP Practice know about the new support on offer. The Lambeth Carers Card is open to unpaid carers aged 18 plus, living in or caring for someone who lives in the borough of Lambeth. What’s included:
- In an emergency - The card states up that ‘I am a Carer. Someone depends on me’ with space for emergency contact numbers. This means if something happens to the carer, people know who to contact to be able to look after the person they usually care for. Carers can also use our emergency plan template, flyer and tips, to help put a back-up plan into place.
- A free access code for the Lambeth version of the Carers UK digital platform. This includes e-learning, factsheets, interactive guides and essential information covering health and wellbeing, support for caring, financial planning, young adult carers and more.
- Access to Carers UK’s Jointly App for free. Designed to make caring for someone a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised by making communication and coordination simpler between those who are sharing the care.
- Helpful information - keep up to date with the latest news, support and opportunities for carers in Lambeth via the Lambeth Carers Card newsletters and online events.
Carers can sign up at Lambeth Carers Card website or www.lambethcarerscard.org or by telephone 020 7501 8973. The launch event video is available to view here,
If you have any queries please contact the Carer’s Hub at email@example.com or 020 7501 8973. Please find attached flyers which can be shared with carers that are in touch with your Practice.
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.
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
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.
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.
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?
Contact Carers Direct
0808 802 0202
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible