Do you need to speak to someone?
Our dedicated support line is open from 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday
How can we support you?
Offer of home visits to talk through your situation face to face, or arrange another convenient location.
We focus on you and help reduce the stress of caring by:
- Giving information and advice
- Providing emotional support & time to talk
- Guiding you through the ‘red tape’ of authority
- Helping to maximise your income
- Signposting other appropriate organisations
- Providing information and practical support with training, volunteering & employment
- Giving you an opportunity to meet other carers at our coffee and peer support groups
- Support to complete Carer Assessment
- Develop an emergency care plan
Who are Adult Carers?
An adult carer is a person over 18 who is unpaid and looks after or supports someone who needs help with their day-to-day life due to reasons such as their age, a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse. Caring round the clock or for just a few hours a week, in their own home or for someone at the end of the motorway.
What issues do Adult Carers face?
- Struggling to keep a normal home routine
- Feeling overwhelmed by all the different agencies they have to deal with.
- Struggling with their own ‘wellbeing’, mental health or physical health and have no time to go to the doctors.
- Affects the relationship with partner and family members.
- Identifying triggers to anticipate and prevent crises
- Struggling to manage their caring role alongside paid employment/childcare responsibilities
- Find it difficult to take a break from caring
- Find it difficult to socialise and keep up with friendships
Are you a carer of a person with a learning disability?
Carers of people with learning disabilities are often unique amongst Carers. Many will experience a lifetime of caring for their relative, as a learning disability is diagnosed at or around birth and the effects are long term. More than half of adults with a learning disability live with their families into adulthood.
When people with learning disabilities move away from the family home, the caring role often continues to some extent as Carers may continue to provide support with financial management, general advice and guidance and may carers may continue to provide long term practical and emotional support.
Sometimes caring can become mutual, with a person who has a learning disability caring for their ageing parent or sibling.
What issues do Carers of a person with a learning disability experience?
Issues could include, but this is not an exhaustive list-
- Getting a diagnosis
- Accessing education
- Transition support-preparing to leave school and move into adulthood and possibly further education
- Access to work or desired activity
- Funding for the desired support at home, work or elsewhere
- Getting a break from caring
- Relationship support for the Carer or cared for person
- Supporting decisions of consequence and significance (housing options, health decisions, safeguarding and bigger financial decisions)
- Either leaving items in a Will and/or Trusts or supporting your relative with making a Will
- Benefits advice
- Contingency Planning- preparing for the future when it may not be possible for the Carer to continue in the caring role, in either an unplanned short term situation or in the longer term
- Feeling stressed and/or tired