If you’re a carer who helps and supports someone who can’t manage on their own, we want to ensure you get all the support that you need.

To be able to do this, we need to know certain facts about your caring situation.

It is important that we know if you are a carer so that we can make sure you receive information, services and the help that is available. If you are a carer please complete our online Register a Carer form.

If you are agreeable, we will pass your details to the carers service, a countywide organisation providing relevant information and advice, local support services, newsletter and telephone linkline for carers.

With your permission, we will also refer you to have your needs assessed by adult care services. This is called a carers’ needs assessment.

There is no charge for this, and it’s your chance to discuss your role as a carer and what help you may need to:

  • Support you as a carer
  • Maintain your own health
  • Balance caring with other aspects of your life, like work and family, looking at both your current and future needs

It’s not about judging the way you are caring for someone, nor should social services assume that you wish to become, or carry on being, a carer.

As a result of completing the assessment, the local authority may provide services to help you in your caring role or to maintain your own health and well-being.

It can also look at the needs of the person you care for. This could be done separately, or together, depending on the situation.