Illness, disability, old age; there are many reasons why 3 in 5 of us will look after a loved one and become carers at some point in our lives
Are you an unpaid carer?
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who could not always manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, learning disability, autistic spectrum disorder, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.
You could be helping with household tasks such as cleaning or cooking, administering medication, organising and transporting someone to medical appointments, providing personal care or providing emotional support.
You could be doing it once a day, a couple of times a week or all the time. There are no time limits to being a carer. Looking after someone can be a positive and rewarding experience. It can also be exhausting, stressful and isolating.
Try our new to caring questionnaire
Tell us a little bit about your caring role and we will guide you to relevant resources on our website.
Our guide for carers
We know that there’s a lot of information to take in when you start caring. To help you work out what support is available to you we have created a carers guide.
Our information hub
Our information hub has information on a wide range of topics. From help with finances, getting back to work, training courses, health and wellbeing, what’s on and the support available in your community.
Contact us for advice or register for support
- By ringing us on 0800 181 4118 (Monday-Thursday 9.00am – 4.30pm; Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm)
- Register online at www.carersupportwiltshire.co.uk/get-started/