A Resource for Carers
Am I a Carer?
Are you a carer? If you look after someone with a physical or mental illness, a learning disability or frailty who needs support to live at home then you are a carer. They may be your spouse, relative, friend or neighbour.
This is a section of our website specifically designed for carers, with the aim of providing them with as much advice and guidance as possible. This is a new section which will be developed over the coming weeks and months.
If you would like to add anything to this section, please contact Samantha Quinn (Patient Experience & Partnerships Manager) on 0116 295 8992 or by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult carers who are providing substantial amounts of care on a regular basis for a person aged 18 or over have a right to a carer's assessment through the Local Authority and young people caring for an adult family member will receive an assessment regardless of the amount of hours per week that they are providing care.
A carer's assessment is a set of questions that will identify how caring impacts on your life and it helps Social Services to work out what support they might be able to offer you.
Your local Council can carry out a carer's assessment even if the person you care for refuses help or an assessment for themselves. For more information, take a look at the County Council website or the City Council website (depending on where you live).
Free caring with confidence course
CLASP, the carers centre, have organised a course that can help carers make a positive difference to their own lives and those of the people they care for. The free caring with confidence course is designed to help carers safeguard their own health and well-being build on their strengths, share experiences and gain useful information to help them decide how to make positive changes to their caring role. For more information please email Ranjana at CLASP tel: 0116 251 0999.
Key websites for carer information
a website that provides information, support and guidance to help improve the health and quality of life for carers.
TAP: The Access Point
is a single point of contact for disabled children/young people, parents/ carers and professionals in Leicester. Our aim is to enable you to access short break activities and other support services.
was set up to support children and young people with disabilities and their families.
Local Advocacy Groups
Advocacy Groups exist to support and promote patient and carer health and social care rights as well as enhance community health and policy initiatives that focus on the availability, safety and quality of care.
there are a number of these groups locally and these are listed below;