Information for carers

If you regularly help someone with things like taking medicine, or washing or dressing them in your home or theirs, you are considered to be a carer.

Recognising you are a carer is the first step to getting the support you need.

1. The Care Act

The Care Act, which came into effect from April 2015, means all carers can ask for support in making caring easier. This could be:

  • advice and information to help you in your role as an unpaid carer
  • practical support like arranging for someone to step in when you need a short break
  • a personal budget to spend on things which will help you carry on caring
  • psychological support
  • free leisure activities
  • Home Library Service

2. Support

There is lots of support available for carers to help meet the challenges of this role, including:

Assessment for support

If you care for someone and it has an impact on your wellbeing, you may be entitled to an assessment for support.

The assessment will determine the level of support you receive and you will be involved in planning it. Assessments can be face-to-face or by telephone.

To find out about these services, contact Carers Network who provide information, advice and care services on behalf of the council.

3. Young carers

Find out about getting help if you're a young carer.


Last updated: 25 April 2017
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