Torbay Carers Service

COVID-19 – Service updates

We know that Carers are finding this latest lockdown hard, so please do speak to us if you need any kind of support via Signposts for Carers on 01803 666620 or email Signposts for Carers.

Support: All Carers Services across Torbay are running as normally as possible, using telephone and computer rather than face-to-face, unless it is absolutely essential. Carers’ Health and Wellbeing Checks, back-up planning, 1-1 and emotional support and Bay Benefits are running, but the Carers’ Centres are not open for drop-ins.

Additional Support: During COVID, we are investigating different ways for carers to get a break from their caring role, improving access to technology, and improving support to people from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee / Asylum Seeker backgrounds, so please do contact us.

Testing: The Government considers carers to be key workers, so if you (or someone you live with) have symptoms, you are eligible for COVID-19 testing in the same way as paid care workers. See details about how to book a test on Gov.UK, or call 0300 303 2713 if you cannot book online. We also have limited access to the twice-weekly lateral flow COVID tests, so if you are interested in trialling this, and are able to access a computer, please contact us as above.

Vaccination: Please do not contact your GP practice about this as they are working very hard to meet very strict guidelines, based on clinical risk, not the risk of passing COVID on. Any Carers aged over 65 will be offered an appointment via their GP practice as they work down the age groups. Carers aged 18-65 are in category 6b, based on whether you are usually eligible as a Carer for your free flu jab. If you are not sure if you are registered as a Carer, please contact us on 01803 66 66 20 and we will check it out for you. NB There needs to be at least a week between your Flu jab and your COVID vaccination, so please have your flu jab as early as possible. Here is the link to the COVID vaccination priority groupings https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait/why-you-have-to-wait-for-your-covid-19-vaccine

PPE: Carers are able to access supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if you cannot source their own, and are providing personal care to someone that lives separately, or if either of you has symptoms of COVID-19. Please contact Signposts on 01803 666620 or email Signposts for Carers for more details.

Carers and Coronavirus – View the guidance here (PDF)

Carers’ updates about COVID vaccination, testing and support (PDF)

Torbay Carers Service
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
Paignton Library
Paignton
TQ4 5AG

Signposts for Carers: 01803 666620
Email: Signposts for Carers

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Caring for someone in Devon?

If you care for someone who lives in the Devon County Council area, visit Devon Carers for more information.

Caring for someone in Torbay?

If you care for someone who lives in the Torbay Council area, these pages have a wide range of information.

Does someone rely on you? Are you an unpaid carer?

There are more than 32,000 people across Torbay and South Devon who support a friend or relative. They may be helping with shopping or meals, attending appointments with them, or just making sure that they are alright. They may be an older couple who do things for each other, a parent carer or young carer. They may not see themselves as a ‘carer’ or know about the support available to them.

We believe that all carers are important. We want to actively support and work in partnership with carers, to get the best outcomes for both them and the person for whom they care. Our commitment to this is in our carers policy, and in our action plan which will help us to achieve this.

The first step is to identify yourself as a carer to the people working with the person for whom you care, whether that be a nurse, a community care worker, a GP, a receptionist or someone else.

Are you a carer?

The second step is to find out more about the wide range of information and support available to you. The information on these pages are for carers caring for someone living in Torbay.

Universal Services

For carers in Torbay, many services are ‘Universal Services’ which any carer can access without needing an assessment. You can find in more detail about all of these services on our web pages, and the associated leaflets. We would always suggest that you see a Carer Support Worker at your Doctor’s surgery or at Carers Aid Torbay, or as a minimum call Signposts for Carers on 01803 666620.

Find your Carer Support Worker

Carers Assessment

All carers are entitled to a Carers Assessment to see what support is best for them. For more information see our Carers assessment leaflet, or read more here if you’re interested in self-assessment.

A carer from Torbay was interviewed in March 2016 on Hiblio TV and gave an account of her experience of being a carer. There are many people in Torbay who carry out significant support for others, and it is hoped that this interview will help others to identify the role that they undertake and how the support offered by the Torbay Carers Service can help them to cope better.

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