If you give up your time, without pay, to look after a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who is ill then you are a carer.
One of the hardest things for you may be seeing changes in the person you care for. The changes may be physical or mental, short or long-term. It is helpful to make a note of what you see and tell the doctor and other health and care providers about them. The person you care for may have memory loss or difficulty talking or understanding what is being said to them. Some people wander and become aggressive. Some people need help with personal care like washing, shaving, dressing and caring for their appearance. There may be problems with eating and drinking.
There are many health and social care services that could make a difference to your life.
To find out about the services offered in your area, please use the relevant links below:
For information regarding the services and support that the Somerset Adult Social Care Team are able to provide, please access Somerset County Council’s website.
The website provides information and signposting to other agencies covering issues such as:
Alternatively you can talk to your social worker, Carer Support Worker or contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224.
For information regarding the services and support that are offered by North Somerset Adult Social Care Team, please access North Somerset Council’s website.
The website provides information such as:
- Carers emergency response service
- Support organisations for carers
Further advice regarding all aspects of caring for someone can also be found using the following websites:
NHS Choices - Carers Direct – Provides access to information such as ensuring your wellbeing, how to combine working or studying with your role as a carer, advice on money together with how a carers assessment may help you.
Carers UK – A national website providing information, advice and support for carers across the country and who campaign on their behalf.
GOV.uk – Provides information regarding caring and support services, carers rights, employment and money issues and looking after yourself and taking a break.