Are You a Carer?

We know that caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community.  It could be a 24-hour job or a few hours now and then. Whatever the circumstances, it can be a very demanding and isolating situation for the Carer.

You may not see yourself as a carer but if you are looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day to day tasks then you are a Carer.

To support carers and ensure they have access to accurate information on a range of topics such as entitlement to benefits, respite care, and not least, a listening ear when things get too much, Carers are entitled to a Carers Assessment by Adult Care Service.

The cared for are also entitled to an assessment but this is separate to the Carers and there is no charge for assessments.

To help us support you and the person you care for please complete the enclosed form and return it to reception. 

Our Community & Care Co-ordinator can offer you support, maybe you have recently come out of hospital, care for someone, know someone who needs help, lonely or struggling to cope?

We can help you find and organise day centres, respite care and residential care homes along with personal care and equipment such as walking aids, pendant alarms and support for independent living.

Carer registration & information

Carers Direct

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Carers support groups

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone: 0300 123 1053


NHS Further Support

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

  • Tax credits

    Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible

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