What is a carer?
Carers look after family, partners or friends who are ill, frail, have a
disability, or need help because of substance misuse. They don’t get paid for the help they provide.
What help can I get as a carer?
• Time off to enable you to have time to yourself to do the things you want to do
• Carer’s vouchers to arrange your own time off
• Direct Payments to pay for someone to help you or something to make your life easier
• A carer’s emergency card to carry with you: if you had an emergency or you were ill an emergency agreed plan would be put into action right away
• Carers’ training such as moving and handling
You can find out more about help available to carers on the London Borough of Hounslow website.
Tell your GP you're a carer
They will put your carer's status on your medical notes, this will help the doctor to understand if your health is affected by your caring role.
For a carers assessment, call Adult Social Care on 020 8583 3100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will give you a chance to talk about the support you need and the impact that being a carer may be having on your life. This may include areas such as your health, social life, ability to work or just having time for yourself.
You can also ask your doctor to make a referral.
More information about support for young carers in Hounslow can be found on the London Borough of Hounslow website.
For more information about help and support for young carers nationally, visit the NHS Choices website.
Training for carers
When you're caring, having the right information at the right time can make all the difference.
Once again Hounslow Council is joining up with Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to come together during Carers Week to celebrate the vital contribution made by carers living in Hounslow.
Research has shown that every year, more and more people take on a new caring role. A carer is anyone who is looking after and supporting someone – a relative, friend, or neighbour – in an unpaid capacity.
Carers can be anyone – older carers looking after a spouse, younger carers looking after a parent, or the growing number of carers who care after their ageing parents. Anyone could be a carer – a 15-year-old girl looking after a parent with an alcohol problem, a 40-year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer, or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer's disease.
Many people struggle to understand the range of services and support available and often miss out on financial and practical support as a result. Even those who have been caring for years aren’t aware of all their entitlements. While carers usually wouldn't have it any other way, it is a difficult role and it can take its toll on your personal and emotional wellbeing, your social life and also education, employment and training.
Councillor Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member of Adults, Social Care and Health, Hounslow Council said:
“Carers Week is a great way to celebrate the vital contribution carers make to our families and communities. Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but without the right support at the right time, caring can also have a huge impact on a carer's emotional and physical health.
“We want to let carers know where to get help, we want every carer to know where to turn for advice, information and support, whether in their local community or even on-line.”
This week will see various services raising awareness of caring in communities across the borough, including a drop in session specifically for carers of all ages;
Age UK Hounslow, Southville Community Centre, Southville Road, Feltham TW14 8AP on Thursday 14 June, from 10.30-3.30pm
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your space please register at https://hounslowcarers.eventbrite.co.uk
The theme this year is helping carers to stay Healthy and Connected. Presentations at this event include;
There will also be a host of workshops including;
As well as staff from the council and the CCG, there will be representatives from Age UK Hounslow, Careplace and our social care teams amongst others. We are here to help and there is a huge range of fun, useful and important opportunities on offer and we urge people to get involved.
To find out more about carers week or to make a referral, contact 020 8583 3100 or visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/carerssupport for more information.