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What is a carer?

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
  • transport
  • help managing finances
  • emotional support

Caring for someone living with Dementia - a personal experience from Marcelline Russell

Carers' rights

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:

Royal Borough of Greenwich  - Carers

Greenwich Carers Centre (Telephone 0300 300 2233) 

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