Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know Carer_Leaflet_(Updated_October_2012).doc
We want to help and support you - remember that if you look after someone's daily needs - even if they themselves are not our patient, we need to make sure that you are also looked after - that also means ensuring that you receive the annual flu vaccination. With your permission we will make a record in your notes that you look after someone.
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.
Whether you care for someone a few hours a week, or for 24 hours a day, there is a wide range of confidential and independent information and advice, helping you to care.
In Midlothian, Carer Advice & Development Officers can be contacted at:
VOCAL Midlothian Carer Centre, 30/1 Hardengreen Estate, Dalhousie Road, Dalkeith 0131 663 6869 or email Midlothian@vocal.org.uk
Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm Midlothian_Carers_Leaflet.pdf
To access the local Carers Training Website – where carers (Lothian-wide) can look up and book courses/workshops go to :http://www.carerstraining.co.uk/carers-training.html
If you are a young carer additional help and support is also available from:
Midlothian Young Carers Service 0131 654 9540 0131 561 9314
Units 9-10, 40 Hardengreen Business Park, Dalhousie Road, Dalkeith
- 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.