Blackhall & Peterlee

Practice

A carer is someone who 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.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.

Durham County Carers

Emotional and practical support is available from Durham County Carers Support at any of their 6 centres in the county.

They can be contacted
Tel: 0300 005 1213
Text: 07624 818 403
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More information is available at www.dccarers.org

NHS Choices

There is also 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? 

Carers Direct

Telephone: 0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
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Office Hours: Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

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

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Contact Us

Blackhall Community Health Centre
Hesleden Road
Blackhall
Cleveland
TS27 4LQ
 
Peterlee Community Hospital
O'Neill Drive
Peterlee
Co Durham
SR8 5TZ
 

Tel: 0191 586 4331
Fax: 0191 586 8288

Out of Hours: 111
Please note that calls may be monitored or recorded

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