Are You A Carer?
"Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled, has a mental health concern or problematic substance use and who could not manage without your help? If so, then you are a Carer and there are a number of ways you can get help and support"
Llwynhendy Health Centre recognises that Carers contribute a significant saving to the NHS by looking after a relative, neighbour or friends who might otherwise have to go into long term care. Young Carers, under the ager of 18 may be particularly vulnerable due to their inexperience and lack of life-skills. This practice is committed to providing appropriate support and consideration to its patients who are Carers whatever their age.
What we can do to help
The Practice holds a list of those patients who are Carers and who have agreed to be on the register. The register enables the Practice to provide Carers with information on local and national support and help. We can also arrange a referral to Social Service for a Carers Needs Assessment and other voluntary service agencies if required.
At Llwynhendy Health Centre we aim to raise the awareness of the needs of Carers and to support them with practical help and information.
If we are able to recognise you as a Carer we can ensure that you receive the appropriate consideration and support. We aim to offer a flexible approach to consultations and to obtaining prescriptions if leaving the dependent person is difficult. Llwynhendy Health Centre has signed up to "My Health Online" which is a service where patients can book a GP appointment, order repeat prescriptions and update general information, such as change of address online. As a Practice we are always looking for ways to make things a little easier for patients and in particular for Carers.
Llwynhendy Health Centre's aim is to help our Carers as much as possible by offering support and advice which may make their caring role that little easier. We now offer Health Check appointments to Carers which focus on their own health and wellbeing. It is important for Carers to look after themselves so that they may continue in their caring role and without ignoring the importance of their own health.
We have also made changes recently in line with the Welsh Assembly Government’s Choose Well Campaign, and this links in with our new Minor Illness approach, which we feel has provided more flexibility with our appointments, creating availability earlier in the day or later in the afternoon. This will help with difficult time constraints that Carers may have and make organising an appointment for themselves a little easier.
How can you register as a Carer?
Registration forms are available from the Practice or you can download here: Carers Registration Referral Form
Forms are also available from other voluntary organisations.
What is a Carer’s Needs Assessment?
A Carer’s Needs Assessment is your opportunity to tell Social Services about the things that could make caring easier for you. It is an assessment of your needs, not those of the person you are caring for. Every Carers is entitled to an assessment. By registering with us a Carer you can also choose to request this Carers Assessment referral on the form Carers Registration Referral Form
How to find out more information
The Practice has a dedicated Carers notice board and information leaflet rack in our waiting room with a lot of information and news of local events.
Carmarthenshire County Council
The Carmarthenshire Carers Service
Carmarthenshire Carers Service provides a wide rang of information that is available to you:
Tel: 0300 0200 002
The Palms, Unit 3, 96 Queen Victoria Road, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 2TH
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Hywel Dda Health Board
Carmarthenshire Young Carers Service
Tel: 01554 742630
Coleshill Centre, Coleshill Terrace, Llanelli SA15 3BT
Text: 07585561660 or 07554916941
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