Are You a Carer?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member, friend,partner or neighbour who has a disability, has an illness, is frail, has mental health difficulties or has alcohol or drug related problems.
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you
North Tyneside Carers Centre- Is an independent carity (1051472) and a network member of Carers Trust. For further information or to make a referral please contact the centre on 0191 6432298 or at www.northtynesidecarers.org.uk
Babble- an online community for young carers - is an online space where under 18's who are caring for a family member or friend can chat, share their experiences and access information and advice. click on www.babble.carers.org
There is a wealth of information on www.nhs.uk 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?
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
Deprivation of Liberty - as part of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 isdesigned to protect the rights of people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions in relation to their care and or treatment. If you are a carer/carers and the person you care for has a Deprivation of Liberty in place, please ensure that you inform the patients doctor.
Further support for Carers is available by clicking on the link Support for Carers information