Who is a Carer?


Who are Carers?

A Carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member, partner, child, friend or neighbour who may be ill, frail, elderly, have a disability or long-term health issue or have mental health issues.

Herefordshire Carers Support, as an organisation which supports unpaid Carers, feels that it is important to make the distinction, between paid care workers and unpaid Carers, as there is an on-going need to pay attention to the role of Carers and how they cope with everyday life. Unpaid Carers can be of any age and  they provide help and support to very vulnerable people that helps to keep them out of our very busy hospitals, residential nursing and  care homes and as far as is possible helping to maintain their independence in their own home.

Perhaps you don’t think of yourself as a ‘Carer’

You may see yourself as the mother, father, husband, wife, son, daughter or friend of someone who needs care, simply trying to do your best for someone you love, or perhaps doing what no-one else can or will do.
Carers do not necessarily live in the same home as the person they care for and may themselves be unwell, have a disability or long-term illness.

Register online with Herefordshire Carers Support today.

There is support available for you

There are huge pressures on Carers – cumbersome bureaucracy to name but one. But the biggest pressure is having so little control over your own life. It’s hard to be positive while you’re fighting what you can’t change. Sometimes you have to accept there are some things in your situation that you can’t change and then see what you can do to improve it.

No-one is super-human and all Carers need help, support and back-up at some point. If you’re not sure what kind of support you need or whether you need support at all, please get in touch.

Adult Carers

An Adult Carer is a Carer over 18 who cares for anyone aged 18 – 150 years old!

There are no restrictions on who is a Carer: if you care for someone – you’re a Carer.  The last Census shows there are about 38,000 Carers in Herefordshire – only about 4,500 of them are registered.

Parent Carers

Anyone who provides care and support to a child under 18 who is ill, has a disability or any additional needs.

As a parent caring for a child with disabilities and/or special needs and requirements can be very rewarding. But even when you willingly take on the task it’s still hard work.  You may have times when there is too much to do; not enough money; no social life or time for yourself and not enough for sleep or relaxation.

There is a support network for parents and carers for children with additional needs which provides information and support.

Young Carers

Young Carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has a long term illness, a disability or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse.

Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult and which impact on their childhood, their development and achievements.

If you are under the age of 16 and you help care for someone then the Young Carers Support will help you.

Young Adult Carers (YAC)

Specifically for the 16 to 25 age group, Herefordshire Young Adult Carers can help in a wide variety of ways. These include signposting to other relevant agencies, help and support with college/university, training and employment, housing and other benefits, access to counselling, as well as meeting others socially in a similar situation.

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