Who is considered a carer?
A carer regularly looks after, helps or supports someone who wouldn’t be able to manage everyday life without their help. You don’t have to be living with the person that you care for and the help you give doesn’t have to be physical. The care you give is unpaid and you can be any age. You may be caring for a partner, another relative, a friend or neighbour, for example, it may be someone who:
- Has a physical disability, learning disability, or a mental health condition
- Has sight, hearing or communication difficulties
- Suffers with a long-term health condition
- Has a drug or alcohol dependency
Many carers don’t see themselves as carers and it takes them an average of two years to acknowledge their role as carer. The NHS website NHS Social Care and Support Guide is a thorough guide that explains your options as a carer and where you can get support.
Visit NHS Support and Benefits for Carers for specific advice about carer’s assessments, carer’s breaks and respite care, benefits for carers and help for young carers.
The Care Choices website has information on services for carers, as well as a thorough explanation of the carer’s assessment; who is eligible, what the assessment will consider and what the outcomes could be. Visit Care Choices - Services for Carers for further information.
Speaking to your GP about being a carer – click here for a poster about why you should speak to your GP. It is important we know that you are a carer so we can update your records appropriately. Also, your GP may be able to offer you additional support to help you look after yourself. We have ‘Carer’s Packs’ available at the surgery that have lots of useful information and contacts for carers and young carers – please ask reception for one.
Somerset Carers Connect
Somerset Creative Carers Connect is a Facebook Group that provides an opportunity for unpaid carers in Somerset to share their creativity and connect with like-minded people. You don’t need a personal Facebook account to access the group. For more information, visit Somerset Creative Carers Connect.
Somerset Musical Carers Connect is a Facebook Group that gives unpaid carers an opportunity to share music. Visit their page at Somerset Musical Carers Connect.
The 'Time Out Up The Garden Path' Facebook Group can also be accessed here: Time Out Up The Garden Path.