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Support for Carers

Who is a carer?

One in eight people look after someone with an illness or long term disability.

You are a carer if you are spending a regular amount of time looking after or supporting someone. This could be a relative, partner or friend who without your support or the help of other carers would be unable to live independently.

We recognise the vital importance of carers and the support they provide, both the practical and the emotional. Without carers, many people would not only struggle to stay independent but would become isolated, lonely and depressed. However, caring can be really tough and demanding and we want to give carers the best support we can.

As well as involving you as a carer in the planning of support for the person you care for, we will make sure you can access the information and advice you need and offer you an assessment of your needs. You may also be eligible for support services in your own right if your caring role is having a significant impact on your life.

If you want to find more information about the illness or condition of the person you care for, you can access our staying healthy section.

Access our staying healthy section here

Request a carer’s assessment

If you are a carer, a carer’s assessment is often the first step to getting the help and support you need.
We recognise and value the work you do. Our aim is to work with you to offer practical help in caring. We can offer this if the person you look after has a high enough level of need.

Find out more about carer’s assessments

Financial support for carers

Carer’s allowance is a taxable benefit for people aged 16 or over who spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone. The person they care for must be receiving disability living allowance at the middle or highest rate of the care component, or attendance allowance.

More information about carer’s allowance

Support from your GP

You can register your details with your GP so that your notes are tagged to indicate that you are a carer. The person you care for can also register your details with their GP’s to inform them that the person has a carer.

This helps your GP to be are aware of your caring responsibilities and the potential impact on your own health and take account of your needs as a carer when trying to arrange appointment times that fit in with your caring responsibilities.

Complete this form and hand it, or send it to your GP’s Surgery, who will record in your notes that you are a carer

GP carer registration form

Carers UK

Carers UK offer advice and guidance on all issues relating to caring for someone. They also offer a support system where you can talk to other carers in the network.

Access their advice and services information here

Download their ‘looking after somebody’ guide for carers (PDF, 1.3mb)

Alternatively, you can contact their advice line on the on 08088 087 777

Online and mobile App to Support Carers (Jointly)

Developed by Carers UK, Jointly is an innovative mobile and online app that is designed by carers for carers.
It makes caring easier, less stressful and more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message.

You can create a circle of care for the person you are looking after. Once you have set up your Jointly circle you can start using Jointly to organise care.

You can use it on your own or you can invite other people to join you and share the care.
Jointly works on iPhone, iPad and Android devices and on most modern web browsers (home computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets and so on

Find out more about the Jointly here

Carers Trust

Carers Trust is a national organisation of carers support services with a network of independently managed centres across the UK. The centres provide a range of services, including –

  • information and advice on benefits
  • care and access to services
  • advocacy
  • support and practical help for carers

Carers Trust believes in a world where the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised and they have access to the quality support and services they need to live their own lives.

They also offer help and support on a wide range of topics relating to caring.

Visit the Carers Trust website

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Last reviewed: 08/11/2018