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. Carers are often “hidden”, looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day-to-day tasks and may not identify themselves as a carer.
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 carers 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 use this form
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.