A carer is someone who cares for and supports someone who wouldn’t be able to manage without their help. An unpaid carer helps another person to live independently at home, whether they live with them or not, and usually is a family member, neighbour or friend.
There are many different types of carers of different ages and abilities. For example, you may be a parent caring for a child with additional needs, a disabled person caring for someone else, a carer who looks after a partner or spouse, or a young carer who helps look after a parent or sibling.
Being someone’s carer can be very rewarding. It can also be demanding and exhausting, especially if the cared-for person requires round-the-clock care, due to dementia, a physical or learning disability, mental health condition or a long-term condition.
Identifying yourself as a carer gives you additional legal rights and entitlements, and will help you get the support you need.
The Dewis website provides information for carers on a range of subjects such as balancing employment and caring, benefits and financial help and learning new skills.
The TuVida Bridgend Carers Wellbeing service supports unpaid carers in Bridgend. Our friendly team can help carers with things like:
You can find out more or make a referral here: https://www.tuvida.org/bridgend