‘Other Rights’ we have as carers that you may not know about
A series of blog posts for Carers Rights Day – 24th November 2022
An Annual Flu Jab
The flu vaccine or “jab” is offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick.
You can book an appointment at your GP surgery or a pharmacy that offers the Flu Jab.
If you have informed your GP surgery that you are an unpaid family carer, you may get an annual invitation to get the vaccine – one less thing to remember! However you do not have to wait for your invitation before booking an appointment.
The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn or early winter before flu starts spreading.
This one is a right and a reminder; we are entitled to breaks!
Caring for another person can be fulfilling, exciting, enjoyable, but also tiring and stressful. Taking a break from your responsibilities is important so you can recharge and look after your health.
Breaks can take many different forms. You could take half an hour out of your daily routine to read your favourite book or maybe even take a trip away to see the sea! Often respite care is needed, this means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else.
There are lots of respite care options. They range from getting a volunteer to sit with the person you look after for a few hours, to a short stay in a care home so you can go on holiday. The person you look after could go to a day care centre. Or, a paid carer could visit them at their home to look after them.
If you’d like some help to take a break, call our advice line on 0113 380 4300 for support and practical tips on how you can get some time away from your caring role.
If your finances are preventing you from taking a break, you can apply to the time for carers grant scheme or sign up to Carefree, see details below.
You can also take a look at www.disability-grants.org or www.turn2us.org.uk for financial help.