Carers of East Lothian Services
A team of Carer Support Workers work closely with carers to support them across a wide range of issues. This can range from giving information and advice about health and social care services, to assistance with assessments and care planning as part of Self Directed Support. The team also support carers with housing concerns or adaptations, future planning, finding ways to combine caring and employment, and with exploring how they can manage the person they care for’s health problems etc. The team also support many carers with the sometimes difficult emotional impact of changing relationships with the person they care for. There is a dedicated carer support worker who supports people who care for someone with chronic mental health problems.
Mental Health Carer Support
A dedicated mental health Support worker is based within the Community Mental Health Team at Herdmanflat Hospital, offering 1-1 support, information and advice to carers who are looking after someone with a mental health problem.
Benefits and money advice
Workers help carers understand their financial options, and to claim the Benefits they are entitled to. This can include things like form filling, advice on how to maximise income, and explaining what your options are if you are thinking that you might have to give up work in order to be able to care for a friend or family member.
Workers can also provide advice and support with fuel bills to make sure keeping warm is as affordable as possible, support you with applications to trusts for essential items and help people join credit unions and other ways to make life more affordable. Workers do not provide debt counselling but will make sure you get the help you need if there is a problem for you.
Short Breaks Service
This provides information on the range of short break opportunities, locally and outwith East Lothian. Workers offer time to talk over the options and help with the practicalities eg arranging alternative care from an agency, mobility equipment hire, accessible travel. Assistance to apply for charitable grants is available if required.
There are a number of support groups running regularly across East Lothian. Groups are informal and welcoming, and are a good way to meet others in similar situations.
Workshops and training
A range of workshops and courses are offered, aiming to help carers feel more confident and get all the information they need in their caring role.
Intended Client Groups:
- Carers in East Lothian
Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:
Adults living in East Lothian, supporting someone else on an unpaid basis.
This service accepts direct self referrals.
Contact Info. & Service Address
Carers of East Lothian
East Lothian Community Hospital
Monday to Friday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Facilities & Access
This service has the following facilities:
- Wheelchair Access
- Translation Service
- Creche facilities are not available at this location.
Public Transport Information
Lothian Buses: 15, 26, 30, 40, 44, 113
Provider's Name: Carers of East Lothian
Carers of East Lothian (CoEL) focuses on supporting carers so that they can continue to care for others. CoEL can provide anything from a bit of practical advice when needed or through to much more support for carers who are struggling to cope with the physical and emotional demands of caring for someone on a full time basis.