What is a Carer?

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What is a carer?

A carer is someone (aged 18 or over) who helps another person in their day to day life, usually a relative or friend, who could not always manage without that support. This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally or through a voluntary organisation.

Carers and young carers tell their own story, talking about their caring role and how it impacts on them, in two of the Wiltshire Voices films. Other Wiltshire Voices films may also interest you including Stroke, Learning Disability, Blind and partially sighted, Older people and Dementia.
Wiltshire Voices website

How can we help?

Wiltshire Council and the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group commission Carer Support Wiltshire to deliver a range of information, advice and support to carers. You can find more information on what is available to support you in your caring role on the Carer Support Wiltshire webpages. You will find links to other sources of information, advice and support, including specific help for young carers and parent carers, in our Further Information section below. 

You can find out more information about Wiltshire's Carers Strategy on the Carers Strategy page.

All carers can ask for an assessment. We would encourage you to ask for a carers assessment as soon as possible so you can find out more about what we can do to support you. For more information and to find out how to get a carers assessment see our carers assessment page.

GP surgeries

GP surgeries across Wiltshire have carers registers and it is important to identify yourself as a carer so that you receive extra support and advice. Many run carers clinics which include a health check with a nurse, a longer appointment with a Carer Support Wiltshire worker and financial advice. 

Further information

If you are a child or young person (5 to 25 years old) you can find more information on our young carers page.
If you care for a child who has a special educational need and/or disability you can find more information on our parent carers page.

CarersUK is a national membership organisation for carers, visit their website here -www.carersuk.org/

Carers Trust is a charity for, with and about carers -www.carers.org/

Carer Support Wiltshire, A local charity for carers -www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk/

Reviewed 28th March 2018; Updated 30th July 2018