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What is caring?

Every day 6,000 people take on a new caring role in the UK. Up and down the UK there are 6.5 million people caring unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. These people are called carers but they would probably say “I’m just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour.”

What do carers do?

When people need help with their day-to-day living they often turn to their family and friends. Looking after each other is something that we do. We should all be prepared to care.

More facts about carers

For a detailed informative website visit Carers Direct

Being a carer is hard work, but you need to look after yourself.

There are so many demands on your time every day that it can be difficult to find time for yourself. That stress can build up, so looking after yourself is important when you’re a carer. Keeping well reduces the risk of you being unable to look after someone due to a problem with your own health.

A step-by-step guide to the practical help, support and advice that’s on offer and how to get it, including how to look after someone.

For example have you had a carer’s assessment?

If you provide a lot of care for someone, ask to be assessed by your local authority so that it can agree what support you need. Most carers have a legal right to an assessment of their own needs. It is your chance to discuss with the social services department of your local authority what help you need with caring. You can discuss any help that would maintain your own health and balance caring with other aspects of your life, such as work and family. Social services uses the assessment to decide what help to provide.

As a carer you may be entitled to benefits.
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