KingsCare League of Friends
KingsCare is a registered charity (1096343) providing support and services for GP practices within the Newton Abbot area, excluding Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh as they are covered by Moorland Community Care. KingsCare was founded in 1997 when a small group of driver volunteers decided to assist patients in getting to their appointments and home again. By 2003 KingsCare had been granted it charity status and it continued to grow.
The charity provide a number of services for the general public, including but not limited to befriending individuals, transporting patients, providing support to carers, and carrying out support groups for Mental Health and Memory Loss. As well as providing support for individuals health they also run workshops and clubs for your wellbeing. Social activities include Luncheon Club, Tea & Chats, Games Mornings and Craft Mornings, as well as many others. KingsCare also provide exercise classes to encourage movement and active lifestyles. Tai Chi, Exercises classes and Swimming.
KingsCare Carer Support
Being a carer can take on many forms, whether you are a carer for your neighbour or a family member. Often when we are caring for someone else who is unable to share their appreciation we can feel isolated and removed. However, we want you to know that you are doing a great job and you are appreciated. Kingsteignton Medical Practice are dedicated to making sure Carer's know they are doing a great job. Ways in which we can help you include;
- Keeping you up to date with the most recent information regarding care.
- Being the support for you and the individuals you are caring for
- Understanding the pressures of being a carer and connecting you with the right resources.
Ways in which you can help us
As a carer you can have a lot of pressure put on yourself. The best things you can do for yourself and the individuals you care for are; look after yourself, stay connected and remember your support system.
The process of becoming a carer
1. Get a carer's assessment - If you're caring for a friend or family member, you have the right to a free carer's assessment.
2. Apply for a carer's allowance - If you're caring for a family member or a friend for 35 hours or more a week, you may be eligible for Carer's allowance and other extra money.
3. Tell your GP / Nurse/ Staff that you are a carer - Ask your GP to make a note on your records. They can give you advice and information about the medical condition of the person you look after.
4. Ask Social Services for an assessment - This is to ensure the person you are looking after is receiving the care they are entitled to and you are getting the best support.
5. Make sure you are looking after yourself - When looking after someone else it can be easy to ignore yourself and neglect the care that you may need.
More information can be found in our Top Tips for Unpaid Carer's leaflet, which you can download from our forms page or follow this link.
If you are interested in finding out more information regarding KingsCare or wish to join their ranks please follow this link to their independent website.