Are you a Carer?

Updated on 4th April 2017 at 1:54 pm

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Do you look after someone?

A carer is anyone who provides unpaid support to a family member or friend who is ill, frail or disabled or has mental health or drug and alcohol problems, who could not manage without their help. For example, someone looking after a parent with dementia, a partner who has suffered a stroke or has cancer, a child with a learning disability or life limiting condition or a brother who has suffered a head injury. You are still classed as an unpaid carer if you are receiving Carers Allowance, or managing Direct Payments/Individual Budgets.

 

Why do carers need support?

Many carers face emotional and financial difficulties. Many have given up their income, employment prospects or pension rights to care for someone. Others attempt to juggle jobs and their caring responsibilities. Taking on a caring role can lead to feelings of isolation, frustration, depression and result in ill health. Access to information, emotional support, advocacy, financial support and opportunities to take a break can help manage the impact of caring on their lives.

Let your GP practice know if you are a carer so that practice staff can help you look after your own health and to get the balance right between caring and looking after yourself. They can also signpost you to sources of support.

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Newcastle Carers is a local independent charity working throughout Newcastle to provide dedicated confidential information and support to adult unpaid carers aged over 18. In order to access services, carers must be either caring for someone who lives in Newcastle or should be aged 18-25 and studying in Newcastle. Carers can access the service regardless of the age or condition of the person(s) they care for, whether they are caring for 5 or 50 hours a week. Newcastle Carers provides a wide range of information and support services for carers

To find out more and to contact Newcastle Carers, click here.

Newcastle Young Carers (NYC) service is provide by Barnardo’s. They provide support for children or young people up to the age of 18 who look after someone living in Newcastle. Find out more about their services here.