A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.
Caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating for the carer. Carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits and respite care and not least, a listening ear when things get too much.
As a Carer, you are also entitled to have your needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A Carer’s Assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also look at the needs of the person you care for. There is no charge for an assessment.
Caring for others should not be to the detriment of the carer’s own health and wellbeing and carers can receive support in a number of ways – including from carers' services, social services, the NHS, or the benefit system.
For more information on Carers' breaks and respite visit here
For more information about the support that is available to unpaid carers and families, please click on the useful links below:
There is a wealth of information on the NHS Choices website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.