Support for Carers
Advice Line: 0808 808 7777
Coping with Caring
For practical help, information, support and guidance to care for someone with dementia, or just to talk to someone about a ‘bad day’, call the Alzheimer’s Society.
The National Dementia Helpline 0845 300 0336 can provide information, support, guidance and signposting to other appropriate organisations.
The Helpline is usually open from 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
The Carers Trust
Tel: 0844 800 4361
Information on support for carers.
The Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. With our Network Partners, we aim to ensure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK.
Carers Trust is a merger of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care in April 2012.
Carers website: www.carers.org
Young carers website: www.youngcarers.net
Kent Carers’ Emergency Card Information
Tel: 01634 577 340 (Gillingham) or 01304 364 637 (Deal)
One of the main concerns that carers have is what will happen to the person they look after if they are taken ill or involved in an accident. The Carers’ Emergency Card provides peace of mind by providing access assistance in emergencies.
Carers are issued with a credit card-sized card that the carer should carry at all times so that it can be used as an instant source of identification in the event of an accident or sudden illness.
The card does not have any personal details on it, only a unique registration number and the telephone number of the central helpline.
In an emergency situation anyone can telephone the number on the card and quote the unique registration number printed on the card.
The contact centre uses the registration number to easily access the carer’s pre-arranged emergency plan and puts it into action.
This free service is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Eligibility: this emergency card is for anyone who cares for someone else and lives in Kent.
Young carers (under 18) can also apply.