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You’re a carer if you regularly look after someone without payment who:

  • is ill
  • is disabled or frail
  • has an addiction or mental health issues
  • cannot manage such things as washing, cooking, eating, cleaning or getting about without your help
  • you provide emotional or other support

The person you care for may be a relative or a friend and they may not even live with you.

The Care Act

Since 1 April 2015 carers have had the same rights to assessment and support as the people they look after. 

Support for carers is the help and advice that carers can get from the council, national services and local networks.

To find out if you’re eligible, visit CarersUK for a breakdown of the eligibility criteria.

Carers FIRST, our carers service provider can also give you advice, information and support when you need a helping hand.

For more information, you can read The Care Act 2014.

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