If you provide unpaid support to a:
- Family member
Because they are:
- Have mental ill health
- Eating disorder
- Substance misuse problems and this person could not manage at home without support then you are a carer
You may be providing practical help such as:
Physical tasks such as:
You may be giving emotional support or have to keep a close eye on the person you care for. Caring for someone can be demanding and being identified as a carer can be important to get the support you need to continue in your caring role.
Young carers take on the practical and emotional caring responsibilities normally expected of an adult and come from any cultural and social background. There is no typical young carer but they may be :
- Doing lots of extra housework, cooking or shopping
- Helping someone to wash or dress
- Looking after a brother or sister with physical or learning disabilities
- Constantly worrying about and keeping an eye on the person they care for
- Helping a parent/family member who has a drug/alcohol dependency
- Providing emotional and practical support to someone with mental health illness
- Helping a family member to take their medication
Carer Support Wiltshire is an independent registered charity that offers unpaid carers access:
- Free and confidential information
- Breaks from their caring role
To ensure carers have a voice in policy making and planning for services, working with health and social care professionals and employers to develop best practice.
More information Carer Support Wiltshire.
The Carers Emergency Card (CEC) scheme is an initiative run by Wiltshire Council and managed by Carer Support Wiltshire. It offers peace of mind and reassurance that things will be taken care of in case of an accident or emergency. The card is available to carers aged 18 or over who are caring for someone who lives in Wiltshire (excluding Swindon).
Full information can be found at Carer Emergency Card.