As a carer you understand the needs of the person you are caring for, any medication they require and their care and support needs. You may find yourself putting the needs of the person you care for before your own, so here are a few things you can do right now to help you in your caring role.

Register as a carer

If you are 16 or over, contact us and register yourself as a carer to keep up to date with the latest information and support that is available to you. You can register with Carer Support Wiltshire online or by calling 0800 181 4118 during office hours.

Tell your GP you are a carer

Register as a carer with your GP surgery and ask about what support they offer to carers. They may offer flexible appointments, carer clinics, health checks and free flu jabs.

Find out about support for the person you care for

If you are caring for an adult, speak to the Wiltshire Council Advice and Contact team about support that may be available to the person you care for.

You can request a Care Act assessment even if the person you care for is not eligible for support funded by adult care. This can help identify any support service or equipment that would be help both you and the person you care for.  You can contact them:

Support for a child or young carer

If you are looking after a child aged under 18 or you are seeking support for a young carer, speak to the Wiltshire Council Families and Children’s Services Integrated Front Door on 0300 456 0108. They can tell you what support your child may be entitled to and can arrange an assessment.

Think about the future

Think about what plans you might need to make for the future, including whether or not you may need to manage your loved one’s health and financial affairs.

Find out more about planning for the future in our information hub.

Managing financially

Consider how you are going to manage financially – there may be benefits and financial support available to you.

Find out more about the financial support that might be available to you in our information hub.

Plan for emergencies

Plan for an emergency by signing up for a Carers Emergency Card. The Carers Emergency Card is free and offers peace of mind and reassurance that things will be taken care of in case of accident or emergency. The card is available to all carers aged 18 or over including parent carers.

Find out more about the Carers Emergency Card on our website.

Take a break and chat with other carers

Join our friendly Facebook group or come along to our cafes and support groups where you can chat to others in a similar situation.