Event date: 26/04/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
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When you're caring for an adult who is frail or vulnerable, perhaps because they are old or have health problems, there are likely to be times when you could do with some kind of support to take the pressure off yourself. Maybe you would like someone to take on some of the care for a while, or want some time to yourself. Or maybe you would just like someone to talk to about your experiences as a carer .
If you want to plan support for the person you look after then our following pages may be of particular interest to you:
And if you are looking after someone with dementia, a mental health problem or a learning disability then the following pages will also be useful:
Your local social services may also be able to help. In order to work out if you are eligible for support as a carer, and to see how much help you need to make life easier for you, they will need to carry out a carer's assessment with you.
After the assessment they will identify and agree your needs with you and discuss the help and support available to meet them.
When completing the carer's assessment they may also offer to assess the needs of the person you look after.
The amount you pay for support will depend on what services you receive and your financial circumstances. This will be explained to you as part of the carer's assessment process.
There is a main organisation in your local area dedicated to providing specialist advice and support to carers, and various other organisations and groups offering support and activities:-
Carers Kensington and Chelsea are the main organisation in Kensington and Chelsea providing information, advice and support for carers.They have produced an information booklet for carers for 2014 / 2015
And you can go to our page on support and advice for carers in Kensington and Chelsea for a handy summary of local support options.
The Carers Network are the main organisation in Westminster providing support, information, breaks and grants for unpaid carers.
Westminster have also produced an information booklet for carers.
And you can go to our page on support and advice for carers in Westminster for a handy summary of local support options.
The Carers Network are the main organisation in Hammersmith and Fulham providing support, information, breaks and grants for unpaid carers.They have produced the following leaflets with details of support available locally:-
And you can go to our page on support and advice for carers in Hammersmith and Fulham for a handy summary of local support options.
Our Events calendar offers information on support groups and other activities for carers in your area.
You may find that you will not be eligible for financial help from your local council to arrange support at home. Or you may simply prefer to make your own arrangements - this will give you greater flexibility and choice over your support.
Our Support in your home page will tell you more about arranging support privately at home.
If you have a smart phone or a tablet then you can download the Jointly app; this makes caring for someone a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message.
The Independent Age website provides a guide called Carers: What Support Is Available (Guide 10).
Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend.They provide lots of information on caring, and have also produced an information video for carers:-
The Carers Trust offers information on what the role of a carer can mean.
The following websites all provide independent information and advice on caring for someone with dementia:
The My Ageing Parent website has put together ten top tips for looking after a relative with dementia.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has produced a film which reminds us that although dementia causes the loss of some abilities, people's feelings remain intact. The people in this film talk about their emotions, and give a deeply moving and personal insight into an often overlooked aspect of the condition.
Rethink provide specialist advice for the carers of people with mental health problems.
Mind, a national mental health charity, also provide specialist advice for carers.
NetDoctor offers advice to the carers of people with depression.
The Carers Trust offers some key facts for mental health carers.