Do you look after a family member or friend who can't cope on their own because they are ill, frail, disabled, have sensory loss or mental health, drug or alcohol problems?
You may see this as 'just something you do' as that person's partner, friend, relative or neighbour. In fact you are what is known as an 'unpaid carer'.
Anyone can become a carer - young people, adults and parents of children with disabilities or other needs. Caring for someone covers a lot of different things like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.
While many people find this role rewarding, it’s important to recognise that you need to look after yourself too. If you don't do this, you risk becoming ill yourself.
There is a range of support available, which can help you continue in your caring role and also help you have a life of your own.
This could include:
- information on how to arrange a short break, which is right for you
- support to continue work/study
- getting information about care and support for the person you look after in addition to, or instead of the caring you do.
Did you know? Everyone who looks after someone else is now entitled to a carers' assessment even if the person they look after doesn’t receive care and support. If the person you look after doesn't live in Bath & North East Somerset, contact their council to find out about support for carers.
Read our Carers' policy
Wellbeing Options supports people in Bath and North East Somerset to live full and independent lives. Here you will find information about local care providers, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources