The support to carers is changing for the better, and if the person you care for is an adult (aged 18 or over) you may be able to get more help to carry on caring and look after your own wellbeing. Please visit GOV.UK for more information about support for carers.
Carers are relatives, friends or neighbours who look after or support people who are ill, frail or disabled, without being paid. Types of help carers give to people include emotional support or help with daily living tasks such as going to bed, shopping, cleaning and getting out and about. You may find our Joint Commissioning Strategy for Supporting People in an Unpaid Caring Role (PDF, 1017kb) useful.
If you think you are a carer or are going to become a carer, you are entitled to an assessment of your needs to help you in your caring role and help you to maintain your health and wellbeing.
Depending on your needs and circumstances we can:
• provide advice and information about helpful local resources and organisations
• arrange short term care (respite) for the person you care for at home to give you a break from caring
• provide support if you have an emergency and are unable to provide support to the person you usually care for (Emergency Respite Scheme)
• put you in touch with other carers
• take into account your needs when assessing or reviewing the person you look after
• if you are eligible for support from the council, give you a direct payment which you can spend on things that make caring easier. For example, to give yourself time out or practical support with doing every day activities.
There is a drop in scheme to support carers of people over 55 with physical needs or frailty at Sandhurst Day Centre.
It is free to register the person for whom you care. They will then undergo a brief assessment and have a care plan created which is kept on file. You will be able to arrange to drop the person off at the centre so you can meet friends, attend medical appointments and/or enjoy some leisure time.
A small charge is made for this service and the person cared for will be able to join in a variety of activities, enjoy refreshments and/or have lunch during their visit. Once a person has used the centre, it may be possible to make last minute arrangements on the day.
If you would like to request a carers assessment, or if you think you might qualify for some help, then please contact the Adult Social Care team.