Carers are people who provide care for friends, partners or relatives of any age with physical or mental illness or disability, a learning disability or frailty who need help to live at home.
There are many services available to support carers in their rewarding but very demanding role. They include:
- Emergency Carers Support Service – free help in an emergency or crisis
Free face to face information, advice and support
Carers/Peer support groups
Free ‘Confidence 2 Care’ Programme
Free Moving & Handling Training
Free quarterly ‘Care Matters’ newsletter
Th Information about these services are available from Carers Oxfordshire’ on 0845 050 7666 or visit their websitewww.carersoxfordshire.org.uk.
Carers aged 18 years + If you would like an opportunity to discuss your current situation and or request a Carer’s Assessment please phone Carers Oxfordshire on 0845 050 7666 (option 3). Or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carers under 18 years If you are a carer under the age of 18 or about to reach 18, and would like a Carer’s Assessment you will need to complete a different assessment that is tailored to your situation. For further information or advice email: email@example.com
If you are a carer we would like to support you. Please complete this Carers Identification & Referral Form and hand it in to reception, your GP or nurse. Please also review the Carer's Checklist: Carers_Essential_Checklist_plain_background.pdf
South and Vale Carers' Centre
Since 1 June 2016 South & Vale Carers is concentrating exclusively on supporting Young Carers up to 25 years of age. By doing this, they believe they can ensure their charitable expertise has the most positive impact upon the maximum number of families & futures across the county. The service can be contacted at:
Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0QG. Tel: 01235 838 554 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1 April 2015 the GP Carers’ Grants has been replaced by a more comprehensive assessment of a carer’s needs. This may lead to a support plan, which could include a payment, to help a person maintain their wellbeing while continuing their caring role.
To apply for a carer's assessment please go online to www.carersoxfordshire.org.uk . There is also information on the website regarding the Care Act and other information you may find useful.
The Social and Health Care Team may be able to assist completing these forms over the phone, but they are encouraging online applications. If you do not have access to the internet, they ask that in the first instance you seek assistance from family or friends to complete the form online. This will mean a much faster process and will help you access any support groups information that may be online.
Carers of adults of working age with mental health needs can receive specialist support from the Carer Support Service, currently provided by Rethink, which provides individual and group support, information, education, breaks, & well-being services.
Contact them on 01865 455877, email email@example.com.
Rally Round Is a FREE online service which makes it easy for friends and family to come together and help a loved one stay safe and well at home. https://www.rallyroundme.com/carersoxfordshire
Tel: 01235 510212 Fax: 01235 512198 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours: 9am – 4pm Monday - Friday
§ Free, confidential advice, support, advocacy & information
§ Young Carers project – individual support & group activities for young carers
§ Individual support for carers
Useful websites & Information
Carers in Oxfordshire Website: http://www.carersoxfordshire.org.uk/.
Resource Booklet - (this is a large document) it includes links to various websites which provide useful help and support to carers and people living alone. Resource Handbook April 2013
Carers Support Programme
Below are 3 links to direct you to support for carers and a check list of things to consider.
Confidence to Care Information Confidence to Care dates and Venues
Carers' checklist Carers_Essential_Checklist_plain_background.pdf
Carers' Newsletter March 2014 Carer's_Newsletter_March_Spring_2014_Standard.pdf