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Carer information

Do you care for someone coming in to hospital? 

This page aims to help family members/carers to find support and advice appropriate to them.

A family member, friend or neighbour who looks after someone who due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability cannot manage on their own is a carer.

The Trust recognises that families, friends and neighbours have an important role in meeting the care needs of many patients, both before admission to hospital and following discharge. This also includes children and young people with caring responsibilities.

We would like to ensure that as a family member/carer you receive the recognition and support you deserve, by involving you during the patients stay in hospital and in planning for the person you care for and their discharge home.

If you are a family member/carer and you come into hospital it is important that you make hospital staff aware of your caring responsibilities. 

We promise to look at how we can help you in your caring role, with consent from the patient, during your time in hospital. Find out more about how we can support you

Family Carers and Friends information leaflet 

Family Carers and Friends Charter

Stay With Me

Community Based Carers Support

If you are a carer and would like to find support locally, the following support services maybe useful: 

Support for Carers Leicestershire
A county wide service has been set up to support Leicestershire’s 7,000 carers. This includes a dedicated telephone advice line for carers, to support carers in Leicestershire. Tel: 0845 689 9510

Support for carers Leicestershire website

CLASP (Carers of Leicestershire Advocacy and Support Project) The Carers Centre - A registered charity set up to support carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and provide quality service carers such as advocacy and support, information and advice, training and a chance to meet other carers. Tel: 0116 251 0999 

Young Carers 

A young carer is a child or young person under 18, whose life is significantly affected by caring for a family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental health difficulties, a sensory or learning disability or has problematic use of drugs or alcohol.

Barnado's CareFree Project offers a wide range of practical and emotional support services to young carers in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Young Carers Network for young carers has lots of useful information and links as well as the chance for you to post on the discussion boards and chat to other young carers in the chatroom. They have a supportive, online community of young carers for discussion and also offer advice from qualified youth workers.

Other useful links for carers

Age Concern - useful information for older people. Local telephone number (0116) 2992233 

Alzheimer's Society - information and advice regarding caring for a person with dementia. Local telephone no. (0116) 231 1111

Carers Federation - support for carers of all ages

Caring for Someone - lots of useful info from the government

Counselling Directory - UK network of counselling support, information and advice

Leicestershire CareOnLine - a user friendly website aimed at disabled people and carers with useful information and an online forum

NHS Choices Carers Direct - information, advice and support for carers

The Carers Trust (fromerly Princess Royal Trust for Carers) - find out what help carers can get and chat to other carers online

Carers UK – provides information, advice, a web forum and a helpline that can advise on benefits and social care issues