For more tips on staying fit and healthy such as healthy eating, exercise, sleeping well click here .

You may  have to help the person you care for move around or help them in and out of the chair or in and out of the bath or bed. All this puts strain on your back. In Surrey there are a dedicated team of back care support trainers and advisors to give you information and support in how to do this. They also may be able to access pieces of equipment to help.

Going into hospital

If your loved one is taken to hospital it can be an anxious time for you both. All patients have a legal right to a reasonable standard of care and treatment from hospital staff to include:respect for privacy, dignity and religious and cultural beliefs;,respect for confidentiality; a clean and safe hospital environment; and,a named nurse in charge of their care. The person you care for has the right to have any treatment, including the risks and any alternatives, clearly explained before they agree to it. Doctors should reply fully and truthfully to any questions asked unless they think it is in the patient's best interest not to.  As a Carer you have some rights to know about their medical condition, however if the person you care for is thought by the hospital staff as competent and makes clear that they do not want you or others to be informed about their health that is their right. Only if the medical team think that observing the confidentiality of your loved one would put either their health or that of someone else at risk, can they disclose any information if they have been asked not to. But, if your loved one's illness has made unable to effectively communicate, it is advisable to have previously discussed with them their preferences with regard to medical intervention.

If you as the Carer are taken into hospital  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 and have to go into hospital.If you are going into hospital as a planned admission and you already have a care manager or social worker involved, it is important to let them know you are going into hospital as soon as possible, so that they can organise the care that may be needed while you are away from home. If you are not in contact with social care and feel you need help to plan for your admission to hospital to help the person you care for call the Surrey County Council Contact Centre on 0300 200 100


Coming Out of Hospital

It can be a very worrying time if you are thinking about caring for someone who is coming out of hospital and who can no longer care for themselves in the same way as before. Each hospital will have something called a discharge policy which is a procedure how each hospital should plan for all patient discharge.

If you as a carer are being discharged from hospital you will need to tell the staff member who is looking after you that you look after someone at home so this may be noted down on your records. It may be important that additional services are put into place to look after the person you care for while you take time to recover. Click here to find out more about hospital discharge

The hospitals in Surrey all have patient discharge policies. Click on the relevant hospital to find out more about discharge from hospital
Ashford / St Peters
The Royal Surrey Hospital (coming soon)
East Surrrey Hospital  (coming soon)
Epsom & St Helier University Hospital 

Carers And Hospital Discharge
("Discharge From Hospital: pathways, process and practice")

The "Discharge From Hospital: pathways, process and practice document was published at the end of January 2003. The  guidance implements the objectives is of ensuring Carers needs are acknowledged in Hospital Discharge Procedures.

In A Emergency
Sometimes emergencies happen when you as the Carer may become unwell or have an accident. It is worth planning for these uncertain times.  There is a Carers Emergency Card which are available in GP Surgeries and many other outlets. This card asks for 2 pieces of information on it. You simply carry this card with you, In the event of  becoming unwell or involved in an accident you either give the card to one of the ambulance team or police officer, or they will find it when they look for ID if you are unable to give the card to them yourself. They then will contact the numbers on the card. It then means help is quickly available to the person you usually care for. There is also a free app Jointly which you may download on your phone which you can explain your emergency plan on. The people who you identify to help you in case of emergency can also download the free app so everyone is kept up to date with changes in your emergency plan
Caring can be stressful as well as rewarding. However it is important that you not only look after the health of the person you are caring for, but your own as well. Keeping a eye on your health and being good to yourself can really help make a real difference to the way you cope and how you feel. In this section you will find information about looking after yourself as well as the person you are caring for.

Your GP - GPs are usually the first place that you will have contact with the NHS, and GP's are well placed to recognise that someone is, or is about to become, a carer. GP practices can now offer a range of information to people who are caring for another. You may think that GP Practices can only prescribe medication. However Surrey GP's can now prescribe a host of support for you using the Surrey Carers Prescription.

If you are a GP you may like to take a look at Supporting Carers:guide for GPs a document published by The Carers Trust and the Royal College of General Practioners
The Carers Journey

The purpose of this pack is to provide a training tool on the key elements of involving Carers in the process of hospital discharge. The materials can be used flexibly to meet the differing learning needs of both professionals and Carers involved in the hospital discharge process. They should be used in conjunction with the Department of Health guidance, "Discharge from hospital: pathway, process and practice." Below you will find a tool kit to enable staff to meet the guidance. The training pack has been jointly developed by Surrey County Council and an independent trainer Debbie Grimwood. To find out more about this and other course for Carers e mail Debbie.

Click here to view the slide presentation ( Powerpoint Presentation) Click here to download the sides in PDF
Click here to download the teaching pack Click here to download audio of carers talking about their experiences of hospital discharge.

In 2013 the way health services are managed significantly changed. The Primary Care Trusts were dissolved and reconfigured to Clinical Commissioning Groups. To explain how health services are now managed the NHS have produced 'Guide to the Healthcare Systems in England'