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.
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.
We recognise the importance of identifying carers and helping them to obtain the level of support and resources to which they are entitled.
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
This local organisation offers support to carers.
Telephone: 0300 111 1919
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:
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.
|Carers Direct Helpline||0808 802 0202 / www.nhs.uk/carersdirect|
|Carers Trust Website||www.carers.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|