Do you look after a family member, friend or neighbour who through illness, disability or frailty cannot manage without you? If so, you are a carer and we would like to help.
- Recognition of their role
- Opportunities for a break from caring
- Care for their own health
- Emotional support
- Accessible information from reliable services
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.
At the Medical Centre we try to know who our carers are, so we can offer them advice, support and encouragement.
Advantages of being registered as a carer:
- We can see you are a carer and the information will help your GP when planning your medical care and support
- You will be invited for annual flu vaccination
- We can provide contacts for carer groups and information
Stony Stratford Medical Centre works alongside Carers MK who specialise in supplying support and advice for carers of all ages. If you have any questions please contact Emily Kent (Carers Champion) at the Practice.
Alternatively, check Carers MK website www.carersmiltonkeynes.org or telephone them on 01908 231703.
Register as a Carer
You can now register as a carer using our Carers Registration Form and sending it to the email address on the form or handing the form into reception. You will then be registered in our Practice’s records as a carer. With your permission we can also refer you to your local Carers’ Support organisation – Carers MK.
You will also need to give a Carers Medical Records Access Form to the person you care for and sending it to the email address on the form or handing the form into reception. By completing this form, the patient gives consent for their carer to access their medical records and information relating to their care e.g. test results. Please ask the person you care for if they wish to complete this form and return the completed form to the Practice’s receptionist.
Carers MK Discount Card
If you are caring for a family member or friend who lives in Milton Keynes you can now register for the Carers Discount Card.
Please call 01908 231703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and how to apply for your discount card.
A useful and informative website to visit is Carers MK - http://www.carersmiltonkeynes.org/
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.
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
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.
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.
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.
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible