Carers

 

DO YOU LOOK AFTER SOMEONE WHO IS ILL, FRAIL, DISABLED OR MENTALLY ILL? 

We are interested in identifying carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that carers are often “hidden” looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks and may not see themselves as a carer. 

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 looks at the needs of the person you care for. There is no charge for an assessment.

 If you are a carer, please complete a carers form and return to us so we know about your caring responsibilities.

Some useful support agencies are:

Carers Line, www.carersuk.org  0808 8087777

Carers Trust, www.carers.org  Wales Office 0292 009 0087

Support line, www.support.org.uk  

NHS Choices, Care and Support, www.nhs.uk/carersdirect  0300 123 1053

Young Carers

NHS Choices, Care and Support, www.nhs.uk/carersdirect 0300 123 1053

Chidline 0800 1111

Carers trust, YC Net Website – to talk to other young carers. www.youngcarer.net