Health checks for carers

Adult carers, Parent carers, Young adult carers
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Phone health checks – looking after YOU

We all know it’s important to stay healthy, but when you are a carer, it can be hard to find time to look after your own wellbeing. Sadly, carers have worse health than non-carers, because they often neglect their own needs, and caring can cause physical problems and emotional stress.

New free service

However, we are pleased to announce a new, free service: the Carer’s Health Check.

Working with Surrey County Council and Surrey Heartlands CCG, Action for Carers are offering carers 30 minute telephone appointments, for them to discuss their own health and wellbeing needs. These sessions will be delivered by professional health care body, One You Surrey.

Full ‘MOT’

During the phone appointments, the health practitioner will discuss topics such as diet, weight, smoking and alcohol consumption, physical activity and mental wellbeing, in addition to discussing any financial support requirements. At the end of each appointment, the carer will be signposted to the best possible local services, helping them to improve their quality of life.

If you are interested in being referred then please get in touch with us.

Life can be very hectic when you are caring for someone, but it’s important not to neglect your own health needs. I urge all Surrey unpaid carers not to ignore their own health needs and take up this opportunity for a free health MOT.

Dr Sue Tresman, Surrey Heartlands CCG Independent Carers Lead

Get a referral with Action for Carers

If you are registered with Action for Carers already, and have a named Carer Support Advisor, simply ask them to refer you.

If you’re new to Action for Carers (or don’t have an Advisor), just get in touch with our friendly Helpline team on 0303 040 1234 or email [email protected] and ask for a referral.

We are delighted that up to 900 Surrey unpaid carers will benefit from the opportunity of a free health check. We know that carers are over twice as likely to experience poor health as non-carers. The strain associated with caring can be damaging to carers’ physical and mental health. This new service will help prevent more carers becoming unwell.

Debbie Hustings, Surrey Heartlands CCG Carers Lead

Read more about Carer’s Health Checks here.

Carer’s Health Checks