Carers Advice

Are You a Carer?

Do you look after someone who is ill, frail, disabled or mentally ill?

We are interested in identifying carers, especially those who may be caring without help or support.

Caring for someone is an important and valuable role, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating.

As a carer you are entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A carer’s assessment is a chance to talk about your needs and ways you could receive help. It also looks at the needs of the person you care for. There is no charge for an assessment.

If you think this could apply to you or someone you know, please contact reception or register via the online form below: 

Carers UK

They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Telephone: 020 7378 4999

Website: www.carersuk.org

NHS Links

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

  • Benefits for carers

    Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

  • Benefits for the person you care for

    Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to

  • Death and benefits

    How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

  • Managing someone's legal affairs

    Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after

  • Other benefits

    Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring

  • Personal and household finance

    Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers

  • Social fund
  • Tax credits
  • Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible

Healthwatch Cornwall and Cornwall Memory Café Network

Your feedback has the power to influence change.

Do you care for a family member, loved one or friend with Dementia or memory loss?

If yes, Healthwatch Cornwall CIC and Cornwall Memory Cafe Network would like to hear from you with regards to your experiences of dementia and memory loss services in Cornwall. They are working in close contact with local system providers to develop and improve support for patients and their carers and would appreciate your feedback.

To take part, please click on the link below

➡️ http://bit.ly/dementia-survey ⬅️