Published 13th November 2019
Diabetes is a chronic condition which causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. If the person you care for suffers from diabetes there are certain benefits which can help out with prescription costs and checks including:
Free Prescriptions for diabetes medicine
If your cared for has diabetes they will be entitled to free diabetes medicine. To access free prescriptions the person you care for will need to apply for a exemption certificate.
To apply for this a form needs to be filled out at a GP surgery, after which, your cared for will receive the certificate in the post.
Everyone with diabetes is entitled to free NHS sight tests. To find out more information on free eye tests and diabetes talk to your GP or visit https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/exemption-certificates/nhs-tax-credit-exemption-certificates
Diabetes can reduce the amount of blood flow and cause a loss of feeling in the feet. This can result in foot injuries not healing properly. Diabetes patients are entitled to see an NHS podiatrist at least once a year. To find out more information or to ask for a referral talk to your GP.
Caring for someone with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can be difficult to manage and juggle with daily life and routines. You may even experience feelings of being overwhelmed by the plethora of information available or the sense of responsibility to your cared for. In addition to this, parents and carers for someone with diabetes can often experience emotional difficulties.
There may be many factors which impact upon your personal experience of caring for someone with diabetes which can be compounded by a sense of confusion. This can cause further feelings of isolation and anxiety.
It is important to note that many organisations which support people with diabetes provide whole family support for those who live with this condition in addition to those who care for someone who does. This can go a long way in helping to support you in your caring role.
This support can include
- Local family support groups
- Online forums
- Diabetes helplines
If you would like more information on how we can support you in your caring role please call our Advice Line on 0800 083 1148
Please note: Our support is specific for carers. There are other organisations which can help with understanding diabetes such as those listed below.
To talk to someone about diabetes call 0345 123 2399.
For more information visit on the Diabetes UK online forum visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/how_we_help/community/diabetes-support-forum
To find a local Diabetes UK group visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/how_we_help/local_support_groups
Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation
For more information please visit https://www.drwf.org.uk/