Do you look after someone? Would you class yourself as a carer?
A carer is a person of any age, adult or child, who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who couldn’t manage to live independently or whose health or wellbeing would deteriorate without this help. This could be due to frailty, disability or serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse.
Up to 40% of carers experience psychological distress or depression and have an increased rate of physical health problems. More than half can fall into debt as a result of caring.
But you are not alone! There is help and support if you need it, but it can often be difficult finding the information. Thats why the surgery has developed a Carers Notice board in reception, with lots of useful information, and a carers information pack. Just ask at reception for one and let us know you are a carer.
You may also find the following links helpful:
Torfaen Carers Centre – Helpline 01495 753838
Carers Direct – Helpline 0808 802 0202