Caring at a Distance

Telephone - 01545 574 000
Minicom - 01545 574001
Fax No - 01545 574002
Email - contact-socservs@ceredigion.gov.uk

I live in Xshire and my relative whom I care for lives in Ceredigion. How do I get services as a Carer?

As a carer you are entitled to services from Ceredigion County Council. There will need to be a "carer's assessment" undertaken and this will be done when you are visiting your relative. The assessment will identify the services that you need and how this will be done. Ceredigion County Council will be known as the ProviderAuthority.

But how can Ceredigion give me those services when I live so far away?

Depending what the assessment says, it could be that Xshire will provide the services you need and they will contact Ceredigion about all the administrative things. You will not need to bother about this. All you need is to know who will provide the services and when. Xshire Council will be known as the Host Authority.

How will I know what services are to be provided and can I contribute to the discussions?

As a carer you will be at the centre of any discussions. There is no point in trying to deliver services that mean nothing to you or don't address your needs. That being said this is not an open chequebook and some things may simply not be possible or feasible.

I have another relative who is disabled and lives very near me. How can I balance the needs of everybody concerned?

The whole point about carer's assessments is that the WHOLE situation is considered. Both Xshire and Ceredigion will need to be involved to ensure that the long-term situation is sustainable and is in the best interests of the carer.

How will I know what is supposed to be done and who is supposed to do it?

Neighbouring Councils will publish guidelines about this. You should contact Xshire Social Services (the number is in the phone book), or you can contact your local Citizens' Advice Bureau.

Click on any of the links below which will take you to local and national organisations and provide useful information and news.

Carers UK

www.carersuk.org

Carers Wales

www.carerswales.org

Princess Royal Trust

www.carers.org

NHS Carers Direct

www.nhs.uk/carersdirect

Lloyds Pharmacy

www.lloydspharmacy.com

Age Cymru

www.ageuk.org.uk

Hafal

www.hafal.org

Parkinsons Disease Society

www.parkinsons.org.uk

Alzheimer's Society

www.alzheimers.org.uk

Multiple Sclerosis Society

www.mssociety.org.uk

Samaritans

www.samaritans.org

Macmillan Cancer Support

www.macmillan.org.uk

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

www.jostrust.org.uk

Arthritis Care

www.arthritiscare.org.uk

British Heart Foundation

www.bhf.org.uk

Counsel and Care - Advice for older people about paying for care

www.independentage.org

Hywel Dda Health Board - Information for Carers

www.wales.nhs.uk