You may not see yourself as one, but if you are looking after someone – whether it be an adult or child – who fits one or more of the example descriptions below, then you are a Carer.
You are a carer if you look after someone and they:
- are elderly and frail
- are physically disabled
- have a learning disability
- have mental health problems
- have a history of substance misuse
- have a long term health condition
- have a sensory impairment
There is a range of support available to you, which will help you look after yourself as well as the loved one you care for.
Reading & West Berkshire Carers Hub can offer:
- Information, advice and guidance
- Signposting to other organisations
- Access to Carers support groups
- Free access to local leisure, health and well-being facilities
- ‘Carers Smart’ benefits and discounts
- Free training and caring support
- Access to Carers breaks
- Carers grants to help pay for essential equipment, a break from caring or to learn a new skills
- Support to claim a Carer's Personal Budget
- Peer support
Please contact our Helpline to speak to an experienced support worker who will provide a personalised service that meets your individual needs.
Are you are looking after someone - whether it be an adult or a child, who has a long-term condition?
Do you worry what might happen to the person you care for if you were stuck in traffic, involved in an accident, taken ill or otherwise delayed? Please see contingency planning document and form on the right.
Please see our latest newsletter on this page for further info and updates on our activities and support we can offer.