Millions of people don’t know they’re a carer – are you?
If you are, you could get practical and emotional support that could really take the weight of your shoulders. You may be looking after someone who’s ill, disabled or has health/ substance abuse problems. You might be doing their laundry, feeding them, medicating, or helping in the bathroom, all unpaid. Before you can get support, you’ll need a carer’s assessment.
- an adult carer (adults who care for other adults)
- a parent carer (adult who cares for a child with disability or illness)
- a young carer (someone under 18 who cares for someone like a parent or sibling)
Contact London Borough of Hounslow for an assessment today.
Telephone 020 8583 3100, or email for an assessment here.
Alternatively, you can complete a Carer’s Needs Assessment online using Autonomy. Find out more about Autonomy.
Find out more about carer’s assessment on the Carers UK website
Get support if you’re someone who cares for a relative or friend:
- Practical support establishing your needs, training and learning opportunities
- Carers’ forums discover and share information with other carers in your area
- Emergency cover support if something happens to you or the person you care for
Here are some expert tips for carers – from Independent Age.
- If you provide unpaid care for a friend or family member, you have a right to a free carer’s assessment.
- If you’re caring for a family member/friend for 35 hours + per week, you may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance and other extra money.
- Ask your GP to make a note on your records. They can give you advice and information about the medical condition of the person you look after. They may also put you in touch with support services provided by the NHS and other local sources of support and advice.
- Ask social services for a care needs assessment for the person you’re looking after, if they haven’t already had one, to see if they qualify for council help. And check that they’re getting all the benefits they’re entitled to.
- Being a carer can be emotionally and physically demanding. It’s important that you take good care of yourself for your own sake but also to give you the strength to go on caring.
- Make sure you get a regular break from caring, even if it’s only 10 minutes, and find out about respite care.
- Charities and carers’ networks can be an invaluable source of practical and emotional support.
- Different types of equipment or home adaptations can make your life easier and help the person you’re looking after to stay safe and independent.
- Create an emergency plan for their care in case you become ill or are admitted to hospital, for example.
And some useful presentations from the Mulberry Centre about what to do if the person you are caring for is seriously ill or dying – how to deal with the subject.