Help for Carers

Caring for someone else

If you care for another person, it can feel difficult to take time to look after yourself.

Caring can bring many positives and rewards. However, supporting others can be mentally and physically exhausting. The time you spend caring can vary too. Some people look after someone for a short time, others find themselves caring for someone in the long term.

On this page, we direct you to our information about caring, support for carers and links to resources.

Are you a carer?

You are a carer if you provide any kind of unpaid support or care to someone who is unwell or disabled. This includes people with mental health problems. You don’t have to get paid to count as a carer. You could be a carer for a friend or family member.

Even if you spend a lot of time supporting someone else, you might not consider yourself as a carer. You might feel like you do not count as a carer because:

  • you think it’s your responsibility to care for your relative or friend
  • you are providing support other than physical and practical support
  • you think the role of carer is defined by social services, and carers provided by them.

Being someone’s carer may only describe part of your relationship with them. You could be their parent, partner, sibling, child, grandchild, friend or other relative. This relationship can be just as, or more, important to you. You may also have other caring roles, for example taking care of your children.

Caring can bring many positives and rewards. However, supporting others can be mentally and physically exhausting. The time you spend caring can vary too. Some people look after someone for a short time, others find themselves caring for someone in the long term.

Resources for Carers

Carers UK A-Z of Carers Support, benefits and assessments

https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/a-z-of-changes-to-benefits-assessments-and-support-covid-19

NHS – Guide to support for Carers

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers/

Mind – Guide for Carers

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helping-someone-else/carers-friends-family-coping-support/support-for-you/

Carers UK

Carers UK provides expert information and advice tailored to your situation. There are resources, support,  forums and advice.

Helpline 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or email advice@carersuk.org

https://www.carersuk.org/

Carers Trust

Help, information, campaigning and tools to find support in your area

https://carers.org/

Gov.UK – Caring for others

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care/guidance-for-those-who-provide-unpaid-care-to-friends-or-family

Guide for working carers

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care/guidance-for-those-who-provide-unpaid-care-to-friends-or-family

Safe Handling and Moving Guide for Carers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4nFZqqjqT0

Paid Carers (Your Rights As An Employee)

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