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

If you are looking after a partner, parent, relative or friend, there is a range of support available from the council, including:

  • an assessment to see how you can be supported
  • a one-off annual payment to spend on the services you feel you need to support you as a carer
  • support groups, events and activities for carers
  • information and advice about health, housing, benefits, finance and employment

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 from the Carers Network.

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.

Looking after a young adult

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.

Further support

Looking after someone with dementia

The following websites all provide independent information and advice on caring for someone with dementia:

Looking after someone with mental health problems

  • Rethink provide specialist advice for the carers of people with mental health problems
  • Mind, a national mental health charity, also provide specialist advice for carers
  • NetDoctor offers advice on caring for someone with depression

Looking after someone with a drug or alcohol problem

Financial support

  • you may be entitled to benefits including a carer’s allowance weekly. This is a taxable benefit and you do not have to be related to or live with the person that you care for. More information here
  • you may also be eligible for a reduction in your council tax, a grant to adapt your home to meet the needs of the person you care for, or help to manage utility bills. Find out more here

3. Young carers

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

Last updated: 22 April 2020