A Carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour, or relative who otherwise could not manage because of frailty, illness or disability.
Most Carers would still not recognise themselves under the term “Carer”; they are just people trying to cope as best they can whilst doing their best to help someone else. Carers straddle every walk of life; from business executives to school age children.
If you support someone who could not manage without you, you are a Carer. The person you look after might be a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled, has mental health problems, or misuses drugs or alcohol.
As a Carer, you need to look after your own health and wellbeing too. We work with a local charity called Carers Bromley to identify Carers and provide them with free help and support.
If you are a Carer and are either a practice patient or caring for a patient in the practice, please let us know. If you are both a patient and a Carer it is important that we help you to look after your own health and wellbeing. Please ask reception for the Carers form or download it here, complete it and hand it in at reception. If it helps, your GP can refer you to Adult Social Care Services for an assessment of your needs as a Carer and the needs of the person you care for. Please indicate on the surgery form if you wish to be referred for this service.
You can also contact Carers Bromley directly by completing their self-referral form. Pick up a leaflet from the surgery waiting room or download a leaflet.
For a guide to the full services and support that Carers Bromley can offer you as a Carer, please download their Information Guide for Carers. We also have a dedicated Carers notice board in the waiting room at the surgery.
Specific help is available for people caring for someone with dementia, with drug or alcohol issues, mental health problems or learning disabilities.
There are also special support groups and involvement activities for young carers; those aged 4-18 who help to look after someone in the family by taking on responsibilities normally handled by an adult.
Club 358 is a support group for young adult Carers aged 16 to 24 years.
Carers Bromley: Carers Helpline: 0800 015 7700