What is a carer?
"A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support” (Carers Trust)
Carers come from every walk of life. Regardless of age, gender or culture, if you are looking after another person on a regular basis, you are a carer. Every carer’s story is unique and many do not see themselves as a carer, they feel they are fulfilling a role that anyone else would do in a similar situation.
You are a carer if you are looking after someone with:
- A long term condition i.e. neurological disability, physical disability, Autism
- An addiction i.e. drug and alcohol abuse
- Mental Health problems
- A learning difficulty
These are only some of the many conditions that may result in you being a carer.
The person you care for may:
- Be a family member e.g. parent, sibling, grandparent, spouse
- Be an adult or a child
- Be a neighbour or a friend
- Live with you or somewhere else, such as in their own home or a care home
- Need regular care throughout the day/night or maybe just need checking on to make sure they are alright
- Need physical or emotional support – maybe both.
How can PKAVS Carers Hub help you?
- By providing information, support and advice, including:
- Information on support services for carers and how to access them, including key contacts
- Information and guidance on respite opportunities
- Financial advice i.e. Carers Allowance, Self-Directed Support
- Advice on guardianship/power of attorney
- Information on Carers Rights
- Referral to Carers services to offer tailored support to meet your needs
- Signpost you to relevant services that can meet your needs
- A calendar of events and training for Carers including support groups, conferences and much more
- A forum for carers and professionals to offer peer support
Our goal is to help carers to have a voice. We want to give you the tools to be able to manage your caring role in an effective way and to plan for the future so that you can have a life outside of caring. If you feel that you may be a carer and require some support or advice you can access our referral form from the link above.
Alternatively you can contact PKAVS Carers Hub on 01738 567076 and speak to someone directly.
St. Margaret's Health Centre have a carers notice board at the entrance to the waiting room which is regularly updated with information about what is on and available locally.