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:
If you are looking after a partner, parent, relative or friend, there is a range of support available from the council, including:
The assessment will determine the level of support you need, and you will be involved in planning it.
For more information and advice see People First.
People First’s page on Young People In Transition will help you understand what to expect as children with disabilities and health problems move towards adulthood. You can also find out about the services offered by Westminster to support young adults with disabilities and health problems, and their parents / carers.
The following websites all provide independent information and advice on caring for someone with dementia: