Information for Carers

Am I a Carer?

You’re probably a carer if all of the following apply:

  • you do things like helping someone to wash, dress and eat; taking them to regular appointments, doing their shopping or keeping them company
  • you aren’t paid to look after the person you’re caring for
  • you spend a lot of time caring for the person - there’s no legal definition of this, but it could mean anything from a few hours a day, to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • you may or may not live with the person you’re caring for

If you're a young carer (under 24) you can get local and online support from the Carers Trust.

If you're a parent carer of a child under 18 with complex needs, NHS Choices has information about your rights and the support you can get.

Carer's Assessment

If you're an unpaid carer you can ask for a carer’s assessment with the Adult Social Care Team at Buckinghamshire Council. 

The purpose of a carer’s assessment is to discuss with social services the help you need with caring, together with help to maintain your own health and balance caring with your life, work and family commitments. It is an opportunity to make sure that your needs are understood and for you to talk about the help you need.

The assessment is free and confidential. It is not dependent on whether the person you care for receives any support from social services. You do not have to be living with the person you care for to receive an assessment, nor do you have to be the sole carer.

You also have the right to an assessment if you are planning to provide care in the near future – for example, for someone being discharged from hospital with ongoing care needs.

CLICK HERE to complete an online form to request support

If you'd prefer to talk to someone:

Email: ascfirstresponse@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
Call: 01296 383 204

Carers UK

We’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

If you're new to caring, we want to make sure you get the right support from the start.

We work with local authorities and other organisations to improve services for carers throughout the UK.

Telephone: 020 7378 4999

Website: www.carersuk.org

Carers Trust

Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers.

We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

 

Telephone: 0300 772 9600

Website: https://carers.org/

Other useful websites include:

Age UK

Citizens Advice

Mind