What is a Carer?

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Senior Couple talking to health professionalThis section contains the following information on carers:

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.

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 read more about how we plan to support carers in Wiltshire in the future in the Wiltshire Carers Strategy.

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. GPs can also offer carers a prescription for ‘health breaks’ which will give them a break from caring and improve their physical and emotional health and well being.

Wiltshire Handbook for Carers

The Wiltshire Handbook for Carers contains useful information for carers and a bound paper copy is available free from Carer Support Wiltshire, your local library or GP Surgery or you can download it here. It includes information on Carers rights and the law, Lasting Power of Attorney, Carers’ rights at work and moving on from caring.


You can find further information on these pages:

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/