Carers Entitlements

GP Care Advisers are attached to some GP surgeries in North East Essex who facilitate people to access social care, welfare benefits and self-help support and visit them in their homes helping patients and carers.  Referrals can be made by your GP, the practice nurse, district nurse, relatives, friends or of course yourself.

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Dept of Health survey on how to support carers further.  Complete and return by 31.07.16!  See above under latest news.

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Do Not Resuscitate.  Should you be with someone at end of life and there is a Do Not Resuscitate agreement, the trend is moving towards you being able to stay with your loved one at the bedside.  Ask.

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Carers’ Passports in hospitals.  let us know if you have used one of these and how you got on.  For example in Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford a plastic card is available to carers of patients with dementia to access wards more readdily and staff to know who you are.

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Direct payments consultation.  Are you using the Accounts Payable service?   Could you use the new Prepaid Card Service? Are you having difficulty paying for training for yourself or your personal assistant using your Direct Payment? ECC want to know by 28.04.15  To complete survey contact: Healthwatch on 0300 5001895 or questions to Adult Social … Continued

Do you care for someone?  Then you may be entitled to a carers’ assessment by Social Services.  Healthwatch Essex’s latest report 2016 shows 75% of carers polled said they hadn’t heard of a carers’ assessment and  less than 29% had actually had one.  Read the report here: www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/news/ or click here Healthwatch Essex Carers … Continued

A landmark ruling from High Court.  The law has been changed to exempt carers who receive carer’s allowance from the benefit cap recognising the valuable contribution that carers make to society.  For more information see www.carersuk.org

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How Does Caring Affect Your Life?

Get a carer’s assessment carried out by Social Services and find out about whether you can get a “direct payment” for ‘you’ as the carer to help you continue to address physical, mental and emotional needs to keep on caring.  This could be used for: gym club membership, leisure classes, … Continued

Help in Basildon.  Carer support, dementia day care, respite services and more.  01268 881130   www.CarersChoices.org

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