As the person who cares for someone accessing our service you are known as a Carer. This means that you provide unpaid support and care to this person. As a family member you may not consider this as a job but see it “as what families do”. However your support is invaluable and therefore should be acknowledged as such.
As a Carer you are entitled to a Carer’s Assessment, this is not to assess your ability to care, but it is about looking at what can be done to help you. It is your chance to discuss what help you might need with caring. Even if this just means a few hours a day to yourself, or going on a training course or getting a part-time job. Something that is for you personally. A Carer’s Assessment can be a chance to discuss any help that you need to help you maintain your own health and to balance caring with other aspects of your life, like work and family.
REMEMBER: If you become unwell who is going to look after the person you care for?