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.
Happy House realises the important and demanding role that carer’s play in supporting those that they care for and are keen to ensure carers are supported in their caring role, even when the person they are caring for is not a patient of the practice.
It is important that you let us know if you are a carer as we can offer personalised support for you as well as our patients receiving care.
We work closely with Sunderland Carers’ Centre and, between us, can offer health advice and reviews, free flu vaccinations, support with your caring and the carers’ centre can even help with carer breaks and opportunity schemes.
Please let one of our reception or clinical team know or you can download our Carer Identification and Referral Form to complete and hand in at reception. Click on the link below:
The Sunderland Carers’ website has a huge amount of information on it and can be accessed on the hyperlink below:
Are You a Young Carer?
A young carer is somebody aged 5 to 25 years old who lives in a household with somebody who has a long term illness, mental health illness, disability or addiction that impacts upon that young person. Although you may not think of yourself as a carer, it is important that you can access any help you need. We are particularly keen to support young carers and hope you will let us know about your role.
There is a special website for young carers in Sunderland, packed full of useful information and support – click on the link below:
Caring for Someone who has an Addiction?
If you care for someone with alcohol or drug issues, click the link below for a short video about help the issues you may be facing and how you can get help.