What is a carer?
A lot of people who provide unpaid support do not see themselves as carers as they may feel that is a normal part of life. This support might include:
- personal care such as assistance with bathing and dressing
- help with medication
- cooking, grocery shopping and domestic tasks
- accompanying to appointments
- help managing finances
- emotional support
Caring for someone living with Dementia - a personal experience from Marcelline Russell
The Care Act provides support you need to help you continue caring and looking after your own wellbeing.
You have the right to:
- have your views taken into consideration by health and social care services when supporting or treating the person you care for
- have an assessment of your own needs as a carer (either jointly with the person you care for or separately)
- specific advice and information for carers that you can understand
- have your say if you are no longer prepared to care, or are not prepared to do an element of caring
- be helped to develop a carer's support plan
- a personal budget to meet any 'eligible needs'
- a choice as to how your personal budget is managed.
For further information please go to:
Greenwich Carers Centre (Telephone 0300 300 2233)