​As rewarding as it can be, being a carer can also impact negatively on home and work life, free time and relationships. If you are finding it increasingly difficult to cope, there are different ways that we can help you.


Once you contact us, we will carry out a free assessment of your situation to find out how we can best meet your needs.

What kind of help and support can I get?


Depending on the outcome of the assessment, we could help you with advice and support or access to other services.

 

We can help you to:

 
  • think about and talk through your caring responsibilities
  • get help from other services - health and housing for example
  • get in touch with other groups and organisations who understand about caring
  • get information and advice, for example on benefits, income and your rights
 

After the assessment, we can also consider:

 
  • arranging a community alarm system
  • helping with household tasks
  • arranging activities for the person you care for
  • registering you for the Carers Emergency Card Scheme
  • arranging other services that give you a break - respite, day/night sitting or befriending

What do you need to tell us?


To assess your situation, we will arrange for someone (usually a social worker) to come and talk to you about different things, such as:

 
  • the help the person you care for needs
  • the type of help you are giving
  • the amount of help you are giving
  • the services we may provide

 

We would also want to know about how caring is affecting your health, independence, job, social life, and your personal life in general.

 

If you are 18 or over and look after someone 18 or over and want us to carry out an assessment, please contact us.