Do you look after someone who is ill, frail, disabled or mentally ill? If so, you are a carer. We are interested in identifying carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that carers are often “hidden” looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks and may not see themselves as a carer.
All carers are entitled to an annual carers health check. Please ask at reception to book an appointment with the health care assistant.
As a carer, you are entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services (Telephone Number: 01452 426868). A Carer’s Assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a Carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. This could be done separately, or together, depending on the situation. There is no charge for an assessment.
If you are a carer, this is an opportunity to let the Practice know so that we can update our records and pass on your details to the Carers Service who can provide relevant information and advice, local support services, newsletter and telephone linkline. We can also refer you to Adult Care Services for a carer’s assessment.
Please download the attached form and return it to us or come into the surgery for a carers pack available at reception.
RHS Carers Form
The Frailty Service
This service is available to anyone who is deemed to be frail and requires assistance in maintaining their level of independence, regardless of age. If someone has frailty their body has lost some of its in-built reserves, leaving them vulnerable to dramatic, sudden changes in health triggered by seemingly small events such as a minor infection or a change in medication or environment. The goal is to support people to stay healthy in their own homes and stay out of hospital when possible. You can ask for a referral from your GP or request one from reception.
Social Prescribing at Romney House
As explained in the PPG blog, Lisa Hepworth is a Social Prescriber who is coming to the surgery each Monday to help patients and their carers who may need help and support for non-clinical matters. Patients can be referred by the doctor or nurse or community nurse, or just ask to have an appointment to see Lisa, either in the surgery or at home. She can discuss any concerns confidentially and suggest ways to help and organisations to approach. The SMILES car can be booked for ANY transport needs – not just for appointments. THe SMILES car telephone number is 08448 841 968.