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Local Support Services and Groups


contacts for Support Groups at bottom of page

A Who’s Who of Help - a quick reference to professionals who can provide support.

Your local health authority 

  • Your GP can refer you to the following hospital and community services.

 Hospital services

  • A psychiatrist – medical doctor specialising in mental illness for any age group.
  • A neurologist – specialist in diseases of the brain and nervous system.
  • A geriatrician – specialist in diseases of older people.
  • A clinical psychologist – specialist in mental and behavioural functions of the brain.
  • An old age psychiatrist (used to be called psycho-geriatrician) – specialist in mental health illness among older people.

  Community services 

  • A district nurse provides nursing care at home.
  • A health visitor provides general health advice at home (you can ask to see one for yourself at your local health centre or clinic).
  • A community psychiatric nurse provides nursing care for mentally ill people at home.  Sometimes there are aids for practical care.
  • A continence adviser offers advice about the management of incontinence.
  • A chiropodist provides foot care.
  • An annual health check offered by the general practice to look at the needs of people over 75.

  Social services 

  • A social worker – assesses and plans the support needed by people at home.  They will either arrange the support package or organise a direct or indirect payment.
  • A care manager – usually a social worker but may be someone like a district nurse, an occupational therapist or someone from a home care organisation performing the same role.
  • An occupational therapist – provides rehabilitation at home using daily activities.

This information has been extracted from the "Who Cares?" booklet from the Department of Health (2007). The booklet can be ordered on line or telephone 08701 555455.

Being prepared for a visit to the GP surgery is so important.  It can be useful to let the receptionist know that you are a carer.  It will give the GP an opportunity to consider how your medical condition may be related to your role as a carer.  Medical conditions could be made worse by incorrect lifting of the person, or if you are not taking proper care of yourself, ie. not eating or sleeping well; something that some carers do without knowing.

PALS -

Patient Advice and Liaison Service

was introduced to ensure that the National Health Service listens to patients, their relatives, carers and friends and answers their questions and resolves their concerns as quickly as possible.

  • Provides information about the NHS
  • Provides local information about agencies and support outside the NHS
  • Listens to concerns and suggestions
 

Local contacts for PALS

Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Phone: 02476 348985

e-mail: pals.enquiries@cwa.nhs.uk

George Eliot Hospital

Phone: 02476 865550

Freephone: 08000407194

e-mail: pals@geh.nhs.uk

South Warwickshire General Hospitals

Phone: 01926 600054

e-mail: pals@swh.nhs.uk

Rugby PCT

Phone: 01788 550860

Freephone: 0800 5872546

South Warwickshire PCT

Phone: 01926 493491

e-mail: pals@swarkpct.nhs.uk

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Freephone: 0800 0284203

e-mail: pals@wh-tr.wmids.nhs.uk

Local Support Groups 

In your role as a carer it is essential that you have the support of the professionals but it is also very helpful to have the support of other carers, people who are in the same boat as you, can perhaps offer advice and most importantly be there to listen.  Carers' Support Groups are always great places to meet up, socialise and relax with friends.  It's also a chance for the person you care for to be among people who understand.

Some meetings may have a guest speaker, who can perhaps offer information about a particular aspect of being a carer; finances, respite care or practical help.  These groups can often become a lifeline, contact your nearest group today and find out how they can help you.  You can get involved as much or as little as you choose.

These carers' support groups are not just for carers of people with dementia but also for a range of mental health and learning disabilities.

Bedworth Carers

  • The Bedworth Carers meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Citizen's Advice Bureau.  1.30pm - 3.30pm.  Contact Will Roe on 02476 491383 or Gordon Nash on 02476 758200 for more details.

Bridgeway LD Carers

Rugby Carers

  • This group meets on Wednesdays at various venues for meals and mutual support.  For details and meeting times contact Mollie Toye on 01788 577904 or Jenny Hicks on 01788 543180.

Rethink Support Group

  • For information about local meetings call 01827 715730.

Stockingford Carers

  • The Stockingford Carers meet up on the first Thursday of the month at St. Paul's Parish Centre, Church Road, Stockingford.  1.30pm - 3.30pm.  Contact Muriel Bromage 02476 392708.

Alzheimer's Support Group

  • This group meets every Monday 1.00pm to 3.00pm at the Guideposts Trust Community Cafe, Church Street, Nuneaton.  Jill Perry is available to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

Alzheimer's Cafes

  • These are open to people at various venues across the county.  The national website will have information about the availability of them.

South Warwickshire Carers' Support Service

  • Provide a list of local support groups and regular drop-ins.  Contact 01926 485486

Phoenix Post Diagnosis Support Group

  • Phoenix works with carers and people with dementia who live in the north of Warwickshire.  It provides practical support which includes respite and emotional support for carers and people with dementia.  To contact the group telephone 07969 614749 or email info@phoenixforyou.org.uk.