ARE YOU A CARER? If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.
CARERS FIRST LINCOLNSHIRE service.
Carers FIRST delivers the Lincolnshire Carers Service in partnership with the Lincolnshire County Council's Customer Service Centre. Together they provide a wide range of services to carers across the county.
You can find information on their website about financial support, working carers, practical help and looking after yourself.
Visit their website for full details
Did you know?
If you are an unpaid carer and the person you care for is admitted into hospital (Lincoln, Grantham or Boston), you can visit the PALS office who will take some details from you and issue you with a carer's badge and lanyard. This will allow you to be clearly seen on the ward as a carer and enable you FREE access during the day and not be restricted at visiting times.
Ask at the hospital reception for directions to the PALS office
Lincolnshire carers emergency response card
Should something happen to you, e.g. YOU were suddenly admitted to hospital, and you are a carer, you can request a FREE Carers Emergency Response Card. This will alert people that you are a carer for someone and arrangements can be made for short-term care for that person until you can make appropriate arrangements.
The contact number to request a Carers Emergency Response card is the Lincolnshire Carer's Service on 01522 782224.
EMERGENCY DUTY TEAM (out of hours) 01522 782333
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.
- Caring for a parent
Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home
- Telling people
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.
- Taking a break
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.
- Housing and carers
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.
- Benefits for carers
Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Managing someone's legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after
- 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
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible