Carers

A Carer is someone, who provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, disability or addiction. A Carer may be an adult, a child or a young person.

If you are a Carer it is important to let us know so we can add you to our ‘Carers’ register’. This means that we may be able to offer you a more flexible appointment service if required.

 

Adult Carers

Being a Carer is a demanding task and as a practice we want to ensure that you are receiving all the support that is available to you. A parent carer is a parent of a disabled child providing substantial and regular care beyond what is usually expected for a similarly aged child. When a disabled young person reaches age 19, the parent carer does not stop being a parent, but in legal and policy terms is considered to be the carer of an adult.

Carers will be of all ages and situations; many balance their caring role with work, training and child care; many care for someone who does not live in the same house and may travel some distance to care.

 

Young Carers

Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has a disability, a long term illness, or is affected by mental ill health or substance misuse. Young carers may look after parents, care for a brother or sister, or another family member. The average age of a young carer is 12 and they take on responsibilities normally only expected of an adult.

 

Carers Assessment

As a Carer, you are entitled to an assessment of your needs. A carer’s assessment looks at the help you provide and the stress it places on you. An assessment gives an opportunity to consider your needs and how your caring role affects you. The purpose is to find out what help we can give to support you.

To arrange for a carers assessment you can contact: Care Connect on 01275 888 801 or email care.connect@n-somerset.gov.uk