Putnoe Medical and Walk-In Centre, Bedford.
93 Queens Drive
Putnoe • Bedford
MK41 9JE

Information for Carers

Are you a Carer?

A carer is someone who spends a significant proportion of their life providing unpaid support to a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled, has mental health problems or addiction.

If you support someone who normally lives in Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire and you are a carer you are entitled to information, support and advice regarding your caring role.

Please read the following information and download the below Carers Pack.

Complete the Carers Form

If you wish to register as a carer or as someone who has a carer then please let Reception, a Practice Nurse or GP know. The below Practice Carer’s Information provides local information and guidance.

It is helpful for the doctors and nurses at the surgery to know if you are a carer or if you are cared for by someone else.

If you agree to having the details of your caring arrangements recorded on our computer system, please complete the sections on the form below.

The details are confidential and will only be seen by those health care professionals involved in the care of those named.

Please complete the form below and bring it into Reception.

Information for Carers

We recognise the importance of identifying carers and helping them to obtain the level of support and resources to which they are entitled.

Carers Assessment

A carers assessment is an entitlement for any carer who provides a regular and substantial amount of care for someone aged 18 or over – not just those caring for an elderly or physically disabled person.  To arrange an assessment please call Bedford Borough Council on 01234 267422 or the over 65 Years of Age Team on 01234 276168

or apply on line
http://www.bedford.gov.uk/health_and_social_care/carers/carers_assessment1.aspx

Carers in Bedfordshire

This local organisation offers support to carers. 
Telephone: 0300 111 1919
Website: www.carersinbeds.org.uk
Address: Carers Centre, Suite K, Sandland Court, The Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford MK41 7PZ

Any person caring for a family member or friend can register with Carers in Bedfordshire. This includes access to grants to access a break from your caring role. The person cared for may be living in their own home, living with you, be in residential or nursing care, or be in hospital.

Carers in Bedfordshire offer these support services throughout Bedfordshire:

  • Carers café – for carers and the person you care for, informal support and relaxing therapies
  • Adult Carer Grants – a break for eligible carers, promoting wellbeing
  • Carers Training – to help you care knowledgeably and safely; to promote your wellbeing
  • Parents Together – support for parents of children with additional needs
  • Young Adult Carers 16-25 –support for young adults with caring responsibilities
  • Young and Sibling Carers - 1to1 and group support for children and young people who care
  • Young Carer Grants – to promote the wellbeing of eligible young carers
  • Mental Health, Learning disability and Dementia Carers groups
  • Dementia carers – navigation support, Memory Gateway
  • Military Veteran Carers
  • Former Carers – 1to1 and group support when your caring role ends
  • Telephone, email and text support; face to face support
  • Information, Advice and Advocacy
  • Counselling for carers
  • ‘Carers’ a quarterly magazine

Please contact Carers in Bedfordshire if you would like to know more, have a question, concern or would just like to talk to someone in confidence.

If you are visiting a patient in Bedford Hospital or the Luton & Dunstable Hospital

You can visit the Carers in Bedfordshire Carers Lounge - this is open from 11am to 6pm in Bedford and 10am to 5pm at the L&D. Information, support (and a cuppa!) from Carers in Bedfordshire support workers.

Support for Carers

Carers Direct Helpline 0808 802 0202 / www.nhs.uk/carersdirect
Directgov www.direct.cov.uk/carers
Carers Trust Website www.carers.org
Carers UK www.carersuk.org
Village Agents (Just Ask!) www.voluntaryworks.org/service/village-agents-just-ask
Citizens Advice Bureau  www.adviceguide.org.uk
Bedfordshire Rural Communities www.bedsrcc.org.uk