The ICare guide to the first ten steps to getting support
Step One - Remember You're a Carer!
Step Two - Include Your Family & Friends
Step Three - Tell Your GP
Step Four - Tell Social Services
Social Services are part of your local council and provide a range of services to carers and people with disabilities. In Scotland they are called Social Work Departments and in Northern Ireland, Health and Social Services Trusts. They should be one of your first contacts, as it is important they know about the person you re caring for. As a carer, you are entitled to a carers assessment, which looks at your needs and how you, as a carer, can be supported. Social Services can provide replacement care to give you a break, help with aids and adaptations to make life easier or simply be a back up in an emergency. They can also give you cash to sort things out yourself (this is called a Direct Payment)
You can call your local Social Services directly and speak to them about your role as a carer. Alternatively, your GP can refer you. Even if you choose not to have a carers assessment, it is advisable to let Social Services know that you are a carer, should a time arise when you need urgent assistance.
Step Five - Tell People At Work
Step Six - Claim Your Entitlements
Step Seven - Find Your Nearest Carers Group or Centre
Carers groups, carers centres, branches of Carers UK – all give support to carers by providing information, arranging social events and giving carers time to speak to other carers about problems or experiences. Many of the carers that we speak to find carers groups a great source of support.
- Find the location of your local carers group or support organisation.
- Get support by chatting with other carers on our forum.
Step Eight - Look After Yourself
Step Nine - Think About the Future
Step Ten - Contact Carers UK
Carers UK is the voice of carers. They have a successful record of achievement, built over 40 years, because they are made up of carers and former carers. Their website is a valuable resource for carers and their advice line is open 7 days a week.
020 7378 49999