Are you an unpaid carer?
If you are supporting a family member or friend who has a physical disability or mental health needs then you could be classed as an unpaid carer.
A carer is someone who looks after a relative or friend who, because of age, mental health, physical or other disability, cannot manage at home without help.
Even if you receive Carer’s Allowance for your caring role, you are still classed as an unpaid carer
The type of care you provide may range from personal care such as going to the toilet, washing and feeding, to visiting, shopping and housework, mental health support and 24 hour care.
A carer is someone of any age who provides care to someone who:
- Has a physical disability
- Has a sensory impairment
- Has a learning difficulty
- Has mental health support needs
- Has problems with drug or alcohol misuse
- Has a long term or chronic illness
- Is an older person who is physically or mentally frail
……..or any combination of the above.
Sally and Levi from our Carers Central team are here to help
Please contact us if you would like to speak to Sally and Levi from our carer support team, for free and confidential assistance with everything about caring. We help unpaid carers with advice and support on many topics including helping you to set-up a Carer’s Assessment and checking you are claiming the right benefits.
Helping you to fill-in benefit claim forms
We can also help you to fill-in your benefit claim forms for Carers Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowance.