Caring For Our Carers

Lodge Surgery recognises the hard work and dedication of our patients who are carers. The Practice has been accredited the Gold Plus Award for our efforts for the last three years.

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. Carers may even be juggling paid work with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home. The term carer should not be confused with a care worker, or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone.

If you are a Lodge patient and care for someone else you will benefit from joining our Carers Register and benefit from carers’ clinics which are supported by a Practice Nurse, a member of Carers Support Wiltshire and a representative of the Citizens Advice Bureau. The Practice works closely with Carers Support Wiltshire to ensure that patients are provided with the help and support that they need in order to stay healthy and able to carry on with their important work.

Carers Support aims to identify and help as many Carers as possible living in Wiltshire. They provide free information, support, advice and opportunities for adult Carers who look after a relative, friend or neighbour, regardless of the disability, illness or age of the person being cared for.

Carers have different needs and centres can assist you in information regarding health issues, entitlements, mobility, grants for holidays, equipment and support. Your GP Surgery can refer you directly to Carers Support Wiltshire, however you do not necessarily need a referral from your GP to access services. For more information about Carers Support Wiltshire please see their website.

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