Carers Advice

Are You a Carer?

If you’re a Carer who helps and supports someone who can’t manage on their own, we want to ensure YOU get all the support YOU need.

We are trying to identify & support as many Carers as we can.

Particularly those people who may be looking after a member of their family or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks, don’t really regard themselves as a Carer and are undertaking this vital activity without help or support.

If you are caring for someone, we really would like you to let us know, so that we can ensure you receive all the support and information we can give, on topics such as benefit entitlement, access to respite care or maybe simply being there to provide a kindly ear when things get too much.

If you are a carer the practice has a Carers Policy which outlines the support we can give and the action we will take if you advise us that you are a carer.

Let us know via the online form below:

If You Have a Carer

If you have a carer and would like this person to be added to your records you will need to complete this form to give your consent for the person to be given information about your medical condition.  You may choose to give as much or as little as you wish.

Parent Carers

Being a Parent Carer can present many day to day challenges and the needs of the Carer often go unmet.

A Parent Carer cares for someone under 18 who cannot cope alone due to age, disability, physical or mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction.

Impact of caring can include:-

Feeling socially isolated - having to make time for extra appointments and commitments your child needs can mean you don’t get to do activities you enjoy, or socialise with your friends.

Changing work commitments - you may be unable to return to work or have to reduce hours to be able to care for your child.

Impact on own physical and mental health - prioritising your child and family’s needs can have a negative effect on your mental and physical health due to stress.

How can we support you?

Practical support – help completing forms such as applying for DLA or a blue badge for your child.

Emotional support – having someone to talk to for support and receiving regular reviews throughout the year from your support worker.

Social opportunities – Social hubs organised regularly as well as access to a private Facebook group to get to know and meet other parent Carers who understand. Information and advice – parent Carer newsletters distributed throughout the year to provide relevant information about activities in the local area.

Carer Support Carlisle & Eden can help Get in touch today by phone 01768 890280 (Penrith) / 01228 580214 (Carlisle) or by email: or visit our website: click here

NHS Links

There is a wealth of information on the NHS website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

  • Benefits for carers

    Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

  • Benefits for the under-65s

    Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.

    Benefits for the over-65s

    Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.

  • Carer's Assement

    How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

  • Other benefits

    Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring