A carer is someone who provides support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. All the care they give is unpaid.
A carer could be a spouse, partner, parent, sibling, child, friend or any other relation. Anybody from any background and of any age can be a carer and each carer’s experience is unique to their own circumstances.
If you care for someone, whether paid or unpaid, it is important that we know so we can help provide you with invaluable support, advice and information.
Why tell us you are a carer?
If we know that you care for someone and are likely to be under pressure at times, we can help by offering more tailored advice and, if necessary, provide more support when we diagnose and treat you in the future.
Have you ever worried what might happen if you suddenly became ill or had an accident whilst you were out? How would you let people know that someone is dependent on you for care. An Alert Card gives you the peace of mind that steps are taken to ensure the safety of the person you care for.
Please click here for further information on obtaining an alert card.
Help and advice
There are loads of resources out there to help you, including ourselves!
Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible.
Help and advice on caring – Carers UK
Devon Carers support line: 03456 434 435 (Monday to Friday 08:00-18:00) or Saturday from 09:00-13:00.