Are you looking after someone who could not manage without your help?
A carer is a person who provides unpaid care for someone who, because of a long term illness, mental health condition, addiction, disability or old age, is not able to care for themselves without support.
If this is you, ask us to register you as a carer so that we can offer support, advice and information. Knowing you are a carer will help us to treat you and/or the person that you care for appropriately. We will try to offer you both convenient appointments that fit in with your caring responsibilities.
Our Carers Lead
Our Carers Lead is our nurse, Lucy Evans, who is closely supported by our volunteer and retired nurse, Jackie Williams. If you would like to get in touch with Lucy please let one of our reception team know by calling the Surgery on 01202 710013 or asking at the reception desk.
Free Carers Meetings
Lilliput Surgery provides free monthly meetings with Lucy and Jackie where carers can meet and chat with each other over tea and cake and listen to various speakers on a range of carer-related and general interest topics.
Our meetings are now taking place at Holy Angels Church Hall, Lilliput Road, BH14 8JX at 2.00pm on the first Thursday of each month.
Meetings for 2017 are as follows:
- 7 September - with Yoga
- 5 October - with Carers Choir (CRISP)
- 2 November - with Margaret Green Charity
- 7 December - with Christmas get together
Local Carers Information Service
We strongly recommend that you give your name to the local Carers Information Service which periodically sends out information to carers about local events, training courses, discounts with local traders and services that can benefit carers.
Borough of Poole
Borough of Poole council have a number of factsheets available for carers on their website
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Carers support groups
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.