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Caring and Carers
Who are Carers?Carers look after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The care they provide is unpaid.
The person being cared for may need help with personal care such as washing, dressing, eating; domestic support such as shopping, laundry or paying bills; or emotional support.Carers may experience financial worries, emotional stress, isolation and loneliness, health problems and/or lack of information and support.
Parent CarersParents of disabled children under 18 years have the same responsibilities as other parents but their child will have additional care needs and may be entitled to additional services.
Young CarersYoung carers are children and young people under 18 years who provide, or intend to provide care, assistance or support to another family member. They carry out, often on a regular basis, significant or substantial caring tasks and assume a level of responsibility which would usually be associated with an adult. The person receiving care is often a parent but may be a sibling, grandparent or other family mamber who is disabled or ill.
Additional Support available for CarersBrighton & Hove City Council can offer the following to carers:
- a carer's needs assessment to consider your ability and willingness to provide care and any help that you may need to do so. *
- help to take a break from your caring role.
- services to assist you in your caring role.
- services to support your employment
- services to support with tranining needs
*If you care for a disabled child, your needs as a parent or young carer will be considered as part of an assessment of the needs of your child and family.For further information, see the Children's Disability Services.
News and EventsFor information on news and events which may be relevant to you in your role as carer, please go to our news and events page.
Other ServicesThere are other services provided by voluntary organisations and by the NHS, they are as follows:
- Alzheimer's Society
- Back Care Service
- Carer's Needs Assessments
- Carers Centre
- Carers Grant - Breaks and Services for Carers of Adults
The Information Prescriptions website lists links to support, advice and financial information.
Further InformationFor further information about local NHS and social care services, see the leaflets:
- Are you entitled to help from Adult Social Care Services? 2010 [pdf 780kb]
- Quick Guide for Carers May 2010 [pdf 178kb]
- Quick Guide to Adult Social Care Services 2010 [pdf 284kb]
- What you need to know about your health records 2010 [pdf 468kb]