CarersAre you a carer?You are a carer if you provide help and support, unpaid, to a family member, friend or neighbour who would otherwise not be able to manage. The person you care for may have a physical or learning disability, dementia, mental health problems, may misuse drugs or alcohol or may be ill or frail. The person may live with you or elsewhere, may be an adult or a child but if they rely on you for support, then you are a carer.To ensure your own health needs or concerns are not being overlooked we would like to invite you in for an annual health check. This will give you the opportunity to discuss any issues which you may have in your capacity as a carer or concerns which you may have with your own health. The review would take the form of a 20 minute appointment with a member of our nursing team. If you are already attending the practice for an annual review we could combine the reviews to avoid you having to attend the surgery more than necessary if that would be more convenient to you. If you wish to undergo this annual review or discuss any aspect of the above please contact the surgery to book an appointment via a member of our reception team on 01274 490409. Further information can also be accessed via our website www.ashwellmedicalcentre.co.ukWe would be grateful if you could let us know you have become a carer.Let your clinician know that you are a carer.If you are no longer a carer then we would be grateful if could also contact the surgery to inform us so we can update your records.Carer rightsAs a carer you have specific legal rights and entitlements. Knowing your rights can help you to get the support that you need.These rights for carers include:the right to have your needs assessed by your local authoritythe right to receive direct payments so that you can chose what services to haverights in the workplace.Young CarersYoung Carers are children and young people who care for a member of their family who may be ill, have a physical or learning disability, or a mental health, drug or alcohol problem.There is a wealth of information on NHS about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.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.Telling peopleCaring 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.Taking a breakFinding appropriate housing, or adapting either your home or the home of the person you care for, can make your life as a carer a lot easier.Housing and carersFinance and LawDirecting carers to the benefits that can help them in their caringBenefits for carersAdvice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled toBenefits for the person you care forHow your benefits may be affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefitsDeath and benefitsAdvice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking afterManaging someone’s legal affairsAdvice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caringOther benefitsAdvice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carersPersonal and household financeSocial fundTax credits Support for Bereaved CarersCarers of someone who has recently passed away can feel lonely, isolated and confused. It can help them if they know that they are not alone and that there are services available to support them.