A carer is someone who provides unpaid care or support to another person. Many people who care for others don't see themselves as carers. This is because they're caring for family or friends. They just see themselves as mums and dads, husbands, wives, partners, brothers, sisters, friends and neighbours.
The support that carers give has a huge impact on the lives of those they care for. We value the role of unpaid carers, and understand that caring is part of life for many people. We recognise that they're one of our most valuable assets.
To make sure they're well supported, we've worked with them to produce our Carers Strategy 2017-2020.
If you're caring for someone aged 18 and over (or about to turn 18), you may be able to get more help. This will support your caring role and help you look after your own wellbeing.
If you provide care for another adult and you think you may need support, you're entitled to a carers' assessment. You can have one regardless of whether the person you care for receives help from the council or not.
A carers' assessment is about you and your wellbeing. It will consider the impact that caring is having on your life and what support might be available for you. We use Department of Health guidelines to help us decide whether you're eligible for support. You can find these guidelines on GOV.UK.
If you're under 18, and you're caring for a relative, you're also entitled to have an assessment.
Taking a break from caring
Respite care services allow you to take a break from caring. This can be for just a few hours or more if you need a longer break.
It can be provided through support at home, day services, or a respite stay in a residential or nursing home. Our Shared Lives service offers an alternative to home care and care homes for disabled or older people. Shared Lives is where a family invites an adult with care needs to stay with them. They live in their home and become part of their family.
Contact us if you want more information about respite care.
Carers' support organisations