Are you an unpaid Carer?
Across the UK, 6.5 million people support a loved one who may be older, disabled, seriously ill or have mental health needs or addiction issues. That’s 1 in 8 adults (over 25) / young adult carers (18 to 25) / young carers (under 18) who care, unpaid, for family and friends. There are over 17,000 Carers in Torbay.
These Carers may or may not receive Carers Allowance and they can be any age, but there is a huge range of support for all them.
We are keen to identify Carers, especially those who may be caring without help or support. Once we have identified the Carer, we can support them to ensure the best outcomes, both for them and the people they care for. It is so important that Carers look after their own physical and mental wellbeing properly, so they are able to support the person they care for to the best of their ability.
If you are a Carer for someone who lives in Torbay, first contact you doctor’s surgery’s Carer Support Worker. Please call the main practice telephone number, or email the surgery on firstname.lastname@example.org so the Carer Support Worker can contact you directly.
Meet our Carer Support Worker:
Tue: 8am to 5pm
Telephone: 07900 173 052
We are all here to help you, please contact us to see how we can support you in your caring role. We offer:
- Free Health and Wellbeing Checks
- A free flu jab each year
- Someone to talk to
- Discounts, finance and benefits advice
- Free Hospital Parking*
For more details, ask your Carer Support Worker, call 01803 66 66 20, or email email@example.com
We also offer:
- Links to Carer Support Groups
- Links to other Specialist Carers Support (e.g. Mental Health, Learning Disability, drug/alcohol, young adults)
- Support with maintaining or returning to work
Ask us about a free Carer’s Passport:
Free Emergency Card + back-up plan
If the person you care for lives in Teignbridge or South Hams your Carer’s Passport will be issued by Devon Carers
Please contact on 03456 434435 or at https://devoncarers.org.uk
Our Practice offers
GP Quality Markers Our surgery has signed up to the GP Quality Markers and the Devon-wide Commitment to Carers
There are lots of local resources that Carers can access for help and support.
Some of these are:
Torbay Carers Service
Devon Carers Service
Devon County Council – Care and Health (supporting your independence)
Torbay Young Adult Carers
Young Carers- Torbay Youth Trust
NHS: Caring for Carers- Social care and support guide
Carers UK- We’re here to make life better for carers
Support available in Torbay - Hiblio TV (You Tube)
Signpost for Carers Information Line - Telephone: (01803) 66 66 20
Torbay Carers on Facebook by following this link
Torbay Healthy Lifestyles Team for help with diet, weight loss, exercise, stopping smoking, drinking less alcohol, relaxing and improving your mood. Phone 0300 456 1006 or visit the website at tsdft.uk/lifestyles
Carers Aid Torbay providing a range of practical and emotional support services to ease the stresses of unpaid Carers across the Bay.
Benefits Advice for Carers
For help with completing benefit forms please contact the following;
- Bay Benefits at Carers Aid Torbay on 07530 790354.
- John Dudley at The Windmill Centre 01803 314876
Funding for care - Further information regarding how your care is funded is available from NHS Choices. Click to see more.
Citizens Advice Torbay
- Citizens Advice Bureau - 29, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3EQ - Phone 0300 3309026
Brixham Does Care who will befriend and try to combat loneliness for any age. Phone 01803 857727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes! Brixham who help with information and advice and offer various services. Phone 01803 851414 or email email@example.com
Community Builders who bring people together and encourage people of all ages to get involved in their neighbourhood.
For your local community builder see their website www.torbaycdt.org.uk or call 01803 212638
TalkWorks - Torbay is a free confidential talking therapy service to help you feel better and improve your mental well-being. Phone 0300 555 3344 or self-refer online.
Torbay Community Helpline Call if you need NON-MEDICAL assistance and live in Torbay.
Available 6 days a week: Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm Sat, 11:30am to 12:30pm on 01803 446022
Dial 1 for Paignton & Torquay, Dial 2 for Brixham
Frequently Asked Questions
How can a Carer access support?
Contact the Practice Carer Support Worker by calling the surgery or Signposts for Carers on 01803 666620. They can arrange for you to have a carer’s assessment and access support.
What does it mean to be an unpaid carer?
It means you are not employed to be a Carer but are looking after a family member/friend/neighbour and not receiving a wage. You may be getting Carers Allowance but are still an unpaid carer.
How can I get practical help to care for someone?
If you are having to provide care that you feel unable to do or you are struggling with providing necessary care you can contact Health and Social Care on 01803 219700. They will do an assessment of needs, make recommendations and help to put care in place.
Will I have to pay for care workers?
Care workers are not provided free. When the Health and Social Care team have done an assessment, they will assess your finances (FAB assessment). You may be funded, part funded or you may have to fund the care yourself depending on the result of the FAB test.
The person you care for may be able to claim Attendance Allowance if they are above pension age and have needed care for at least 6 months, for more info go to https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance.
I feel very isolated as a carer, is it possible to have contact with someone who understands how it feels to be a carer?
There is a carer’s phone line, manned by volunteers who have experience of being an unpaid carer. You can refer yourself or ask your Carer Support Worker to refer you. Contact Caroline Saunders on 07531 947687
I have had to give up work to care for someone, how do I get financial advice?
You may be able to claim Carers Allowance. For more info go to https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance
The person you care for may be able to claim Attendance Allowance if they are over pension age and have needed care for at least 6 months. For more info go to https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance
For financial advice contact:
Bay Benefits is a service that offers advice and assistance with benefits and entitlements. Phone 07530790354 Tuesday and Thursday, or leave a message.
Or contact Yes! On 01803 851414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They are able to book appointments with the Citizens Advice Bureau for more complex queries.
If you need help to fill in forms BDC, AgeUK and Yes! Are all able to help
I am a young person and give a lot of help and support to a family member/neighbour/friend is there any support for me?
If you are a young Carer there are support groups especially for you.
If you are age 18 or below please contact Torbay Young Carers on 01803 895299 or email email@example.com.
More info at https://www.torbay.gov.uk/youngcarers
If you are aged between 16 and 25 please contact Torbay Young Adult Carers on 01803 208455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are aged between 25 and 35 contact Takota via Signposts for Carers 01803 666620 or visit the webpage http://tsdft.uk/takota to find a referral form.
I could do with having a holiday, how do I go about organising respite care for the person I’m caring for?
If the person you care for needs residential care you can contact individual care homes to enquire about respite care. If they are able to stay at home you can contact care agencies to arrange for carers to come in daily. For lists of these contact Signposts for Carers on 01803 666620.
Alternatively, you can contact HSCT on 01803 219700 and ask advice.
For further advice contact Project Co-ordinator Debi on 01803 881334 or 07880 136859. She may be able to offer advice about discounted hotels for you and the person you care for, or for you alone.
Please note - the discount scheme can be used during out of season months as hotels generally can’t offer discounts during peak seasons.
What is a Carer’s Card and how do I get one?
A Carer’s Card will be sent to you when you apply to go on Torbay Carers register. You can get an application form from your surgery Carer support worker or from Signposts for Carers on 01803 666620. The benefits of having the card include having a backup plan in case of emergency, if you take your cared for person to hospital you can get free parking, some chemists/shops offer a discount, you will get a quarterly newsletter with lots of useful information for carers.
What if I don’t want to be a Carer anymore? Does that make me a bad person?
Everyone can reach a point when they can’t cope with caring any more, which does not make you a bad person.
If you cannot continue with care contact Health and Social Care on 01803 219700
If this is something you want to talk about contact our Carer support worker or a doctor or nurse who may be able to refer you for counselling.
TalkWorks a free confidential talking therapy service to help you feel better and improve your mental well-being. Phone 0300 555 3344 or self-refer online to TALKWORKS.dpt.nhs.uk
You may want to talk to other family members to see if they can help more?
If you cannot continue with care contact Health and Social Care on 01803 219700.