What is a carer?
A carer is a person who is unpaid and looks after or supports someone else who needs help with their day to day life, because of:
- their age
- a long-term illness
- mental health problems
- substance misuse
Carer tasks may include help with tasks such as getting up and going to bed, washing, dressing, using the toilet, shopping, cleaning, laundry and making meals. The care may mean keeping an eye on people who are confused or at risk if not supervised, or encouraging them to do everyday things for themselves. Carers may be family members, including children and young people, who live with the person they care for, or family, friends or neighbours who live elsewhere.
The term ‘carer’ does not include any carer who:
- gets payment either in cash or in another way for the care they provide
- works as a volunteer on behalf of a voluntary organisation.
If you are a carer and meet the above criteria please let the practice know. We will then add this information to your records. You will then be eligible for an annual influenza vaccination and will be automatically invited for this during our annual influenza vaccination season.
Social care support all identified carers can be referred to social services for assessment of support needs, if they wish. If you would like to take up this offer please speak to one of the clinicians. Carer’s who care for family members with a learning disability will have their support needs discussed during the annual health person, with a learning disability’s, annual health review at the surgery. If carers of people with a learning disability have unidentified support needs, these can be discussed with Merton Learning Disability team. Contact Carer Support Merton if you are a carer, there is help and advice available locally at Vestry Hall.
Carers Support Merton
The Vestry Hall
336-338 London Rd
Mitcham CR4 3UD
For more information about them or any queries please contact them on: 020 8646 7515
Local carer discount card
If you are a carer there is a local carer discount card available for use with local organisations. Please go to Carers Support Merton for more information.