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Carers Corner

Definition of ‘Carer’

A carer is someone who looks after and supports a friend, relative or neighbour who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness or disability.

It does not mean a professional care-worker or personal assistant who gets paid for their work.

Financial support for carers and those you carer for

If you care for someone, there is a range of financial benefits available to you and also to the person you care for. Do not be afraid to ask for help and claim what you are entitled to.

Carer's assessments

If you provide care for someone aged 18 or over, your local social services should carry out an assessment to see if you are entitled to any services that could make caring easier for you. A carer's assessment is about your needs as a carer.

Example of help available:

  1. Help with household tasks
  2. Help with caring tasks during the day and night
  3. Respite care
  4. Activities for the ‘cared-for’ person
  5. Benefits advice
  6. Contact details for Chiropodist, Community Dentist, Health Visitor or Optician

Useful Contacts

Carers Rights Day

Cardiff City Council - Social Services
Tel: 02920 536444 http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/  (external link)

Direct Gov (Carers Allowance)
Tel: 01253 856123 www.direct.gov.uk/en/CaringForSomeone  (external link)

Crossroads Care
Tel: 0845 450 0350 http://www.crossroads.org.uk/  (external link)

Carer's UK
Tel: 0808 808 7777 http://www.carersuk.org/  (external link)

Contact a Family - for families with disabled children
Tel:0808 808 3555 http://www.cafamily.org.uk/  (external link)

Carer's Direct (by NHS choices)
Tel: 0808 802 0202 www.nhs.uk/carersdirect  (external link)

Alzheimers Society
Tel: 0207 423 3500 http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/  (external link)

Age Cymru
Tel: 02920 431555 www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru  (external link)

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