Support for Carers
“A Carer is a person who offers substantial and regular care to someone, who without it could not manage their daily living.”
What is a Carer ?
Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner (Carers’ UK).
· Anyone can become a Carer; they come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age.
· Sometimes people do not recognise themselves as Carers, they feel they are just looking after their partner, family member or friends.
· For some people the caring role develops gradually, for others it happens suddenly as a result of an illness or an accident.
· The term “Carer” should not be confused with a paid care worker, or care assistant, who receives a wage for looking after someone.
· There are nearly 6 million Carers in the UK, approximately 1 person in every 8, and every day another 6 thousand people take on a caring responsibility.
· There are nearly 16 thousand Carers in North Lincolnshire (Census 2001), which is just over 10% of the total population.
Caring for someone can be a rewarding experience; however it can be emotionally stressful and physically exhausting.
What Support is Available to Carers ?
Did you know that you are entitled to an assessment of your needs as a carer?
- Do you have time off from your caring role?
- Do you wish you had more time for yourself or for a social life?
- Do you receive the benefits you are entitled to?
- Do you wish you had time to attend a course or other activity?
- Do you wish you were able to continue or return to work?
If you can answer yes to any of these you may benefit from a Carers Needs Assessment.
How Can I Get a Needs Assessment Carried Out ?
If you would like an assessment of your needs as a carer please contact the Family Carer Team on 01724 298301, 01724 298271, 017 24 298378.
You can also download a form from here. Shortly this will be available to fill in online and email but in the meantime, please print it out and post to:
The Family Carer Team
Brumby Resource Centre
You can download the Family Carer Team leaflet here
- Last Updated: 05 November 2012