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What is a Carer?

A carer is someone who provides a substantial amount of care to a person who has a physical illness, Alzheimer's disease or other dementia, physical disability, learning disability/Autism, Mental illness or Frail/Elderly

A carer can be an adult or a child, a parent, husband, wife, partner, other close relative, friend or neighbour and a carer may not necessarily live with the person they are caring for.

Carers are entitled to request an assessment under the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act in order to ensure that social services listen to their views. These views must then be taken into account when deciding upon which services may be provided to the person requiring the care.

It is possible for carers to feel isolated and depressed and they often need support to help them in their vital role. When social care provide services for the person requiring care they should be provided in a way that supports the carer in their role. If you are caring for someone, the information on this website may be useful to you.