However much you care about the friend or family member you look after, you will also need to make sure you get support so that you can look after them in the way you want to.

If the person you are looking after needs a significant amount of support, it is likely that you will need some additional help looking after them. Various types of help are available. Find out more how to get information and advice about care and support that might be suitable for the person you are looking after. This will help take the pressure off you.

Contact our partner Bath and North East Somerset Carers' Centre on 0800 0388885 for help and advice about how to make caring easier for you.

On this page you will find some information about the kind of support available to you as a carer.

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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

Working out what benefits or tax credits you might be entitled to as a carer can feel like a battle. Having the right information and support can make a huge different.

To talk to someone about financial help for carers contact our partner Bath and North East Somerset Carers' Centre on 0800 0388885.

You may be eligible for financial and other help, find out what to expect in a carers' assessment.

The person you care for may also be eligible for care and support, find out more.

Carers' UK have some useful information about the different types of financial help on offer for carers.

Well Aware

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

You may have to sometimes lift or move the person you look after, to get them into bed, into a wheelchair or to bathe them.

It is essential that you know how to do this safely so that you don’t injure yourself, or them. For help and advice on lifting and moving someone safely contact our partner the Bath and North East Somerset Carers' Centre on 0800 0388885.

It may be that you can get help to support the person you look after to regain their independence. Or you may be able to increase their comfort and safety by getting various adaptations to their home.

Expert help is available for carers who are struggling emotionally. Many carers feel isolated and in need of a friend or a break.

Contact Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre on 0800 0388885 for some emotional support.

There are various groups and activities to support carers in Bath and North East Somerset. Find out what's on for carers.

You may find that the person you care for has specfic needs that put a particular kind of pressure on you. Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre can direct you to some specialised support for people like you.

If you are looking after someone with mental health issues, learning disabilities or dementia, this is a useful checklist of questions for meetings by the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP).

Get more information about and what's on for carers in Bath and North East Somerset.

If you are caring for someone with learning disabilities, find some helpful information from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation.

It can be hard to manage the dual pressures of caring and working or studying. Talk to Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre about any issues you are having. You can also get further information from our website about support for work and learning. 

Are you under 18 and looking after a sick or disabled relative or someone with mental health issues or severe drug and alcohol problems? Do you help look after your brother(s) or sister(s) even if there are other adults in the house? Find out about the support available for young carers.

We want to support you so you can continue caring. To make sure you get the support you need, contact our partner the BANES Carers’ Centre on 0800 0388885. They will talk to you and arrange a carers' assessment.

There are various activities and groups for carers in Bath and North East Somerset find out more about what's on for carers.

Find the information or support you are looking for on Wellbeing Options - a website containing lots of useful information about local care providers, clubs, services and activities, along with links to other useful websites and resources.

If the person you care for doesn’t live in Bath and North East Somerset, contact their local council to find out about getting some support.

Carers UK is a national organisation providing lots of useful information and advice for carers.

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