Are you a carer?

You may first be someone’s:

  • husband, wife or partner
  • mum, dad, son or daughter
  • friend, neighbour or loved one

But if you help to look after them because they couldn’t manage on their own you are also a carer. Telling your GP that you are a carer will help the practice be better able to support you and the person you care for.

Support and Services

There are several services which may be able to offer help and assistance if you are a carer:

Below are some other links to the NHS Choices website that we hope you will find useful.

  • Your guide to care and support:
    This guide is for people who have care and support needs, their carers and people who are planning for their future care needs.
  • Assessing your care and support needs:
    If you have care and support needs and find it difficult to look after yourself, your local authority may be able to advise you and provide you with some help.
  • 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?

Finance and Law

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