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.
The Care Act, which came into effect from April 2015, means all carers can ask for support in making caring easier. This could be:
There is lots of support available for carers to help meet the challenges of this role, including:
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.