If you help to look after a family member, friend or neighbour and they cannot manage without your help then you are a carer. Caring for someone else's needs can be both very stressful and isolating. In becoming a carer you will be facing issues that you may not have had to deal with before. It can be hard to adjust to becoming a carer and someone being dependent upon your support.
It is often very stressful caring for someone else, however much you love them; stress lowers your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to injury and illness. It's important that you look after yourself as well as the person you are caring for, which means eating a healthy, balanced diet, remaining physically active. Tell your GP you're a carer, as they will be able to give you support and advice. They can also tell you about local carers' support groups, where you can meet people in similar circumstances and share advice.
If you're doing a substantial amount of caring, Shropshire Council's Adult Social Care team can carry out an assessment of your needs if you request one. The aim of the assessment to ensure that you are provided with the appropriate support services if you need them. You have a right to be supported and to be able to make the most of your life.
Further support exists across Shropshire from within the voluntary and community sector, with Shropshire RCC and Age UK playing an important role in delivering information, advice and support to carers. Their support can enable you to better deal with the changes that may come with becoming a carer, and the practical changes that you may have to make in order to best support both the individual that you care for, and to best support yourself as the carer.
If you help look after a family member, friend or neighbour and they cannot manage without your help then you are a carer. Caring for someone else's needs can be both very stressful and isolating.
Assistance and Benefits
As a carer, you are legally entitled to a Carer's Assessment to find out what services are available to help you. You can have this at any time, even if the person you care for has refused an assessment or support services. To do this you will need to get in touch with Shropshire Council adult service's department.
You also need to ensure that you are receiving the right financial support in order to fully support your ability to remain a carer. This support will come in the form of Carers and/or Attendance Allowance, among others.
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