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Flu jabs for carers

Tell your GP if you receive a Carer’s Allowance or are the main carer

As a carer you may be worried about getting the flu because it would affect your ability to care for the person you’re looking after. You may be able to get a flu jab because of this, or because of your age or your own health.

Government policy is that the flu vaccine should be offered to the following groups:

  • Everyone aged 65 years and over.
  • Everyone aged six months or over who is in a clinical risk group.
  • People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where the infection could spread easily and put lives at risk (this doesn’t include prisons, young offender institutions or university halls of residence).
  • People who are receiving a Carer’s Allowance, or who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. This will be given on an individual basis at the GP’s discretion depending on your need.

Shake-up in how 5,500 vulnerable people in Norfolk get homecare on cards

Sue Whitaker, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s adult social care committee. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Monday, September 15, 2014
4:19 PM

The way up to 5,500 people in Norfolk get homecare could be set for a major shake-up, with council leaders warning the service needs “fundamental revision” as the county’s increasing population piles on further pressure

Proposed changes in how Norfolk County Council provides care to keep vulnerable people in their homes could see the contractors they commission paid according to results.

‘Cuts forcing English councils to limit social care’

95-year-old Cyril Gillam no longer gets home help visits

Almost 90% of councils in England no longer offer social care to people whose needs are ranked low to moderate, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) has said.

The group is warning cuts are making the care system “unsustainable”.

The government says councils have been given an extra £1.1bn to help protect social care this year.

But charities say hundreds of thousands of people are struggling without help.

When someone applies for social care, their needs are determined as either critical, substantial, moderate or low.

In recent years the number of councils able to help those at the lower end of the scale has gone down as they struggle to balance their budgets.