This page has a variety of information for carer's and young carer's.
Becoming a carer can happen gradually, or it may have been a sudden change in circumstances and for some carers their new role can feel overwhelming.
Being a carer is a significant part of your life and it is important that your doctor knows as there are regular carers health checks and advice available to support you.
If you look after someone who could not manage without you, let us know by clicking here
How to tell if you're a carer
You're a carer if you are looking after someone regularly becasue they're ill, elderly or disabled - including family members.
Carers help with:
- Washing, dressing or taking medicines.
- Getting out and about and travelling to doctors' appointments.
- Shopping, cleaning and laundry
- Paying bills and organising finances.
They can also give emotional support by:
- Sitting with someone to keep them company.
- Watching over someone if they can't be left alone.
All of these count as being a carer.
If you care for someone, you can have an assessment to see what might make your life easier. This is called a carer's assessment.
It might recommend things like:
- Someone to take over caring so you can take a break
- Gym membership and exercise classes to relieve stress
- Help with taxi fares if you don't drive
- Help with gardening and housework
- Training how to lift safely
- Putting you in touch with local support groups so you have people to talk to
- Advice about benefits for carers
A carer's assessment is free and anyone over 18 can ask for one.
Contact adult social services at your local council to ask for a carers assessment
For more information on carer's allowance please click here
Have you ever worried what might happen if you suddenly became ill or had an accident whilst you were out? How would you let people know that someone is dependent on you for care?
Devon Carer's Alert Card gives you the peace of mind that steps are taken to ensure the safety of the person you care for.
What is the Alert Card?
The Alert Card is designed to be carried in your purse, wallet or handbag. A handy credit-card size, it identifies you as a carer so that if you find yourself in an emergency situation where you are unable to inform people yourself, the card will be used to alert a 24-hour emergency call centre that the person you care for might need help.
To find out more information about an alert card, please click here
Am I a young carer?
A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. If you’re a young carer, you probably look after a family member or friend of the family.
If you’re not sure if you are a young carer you can give Devon Young Carers a call and chat through your situation.
Helpline: 03456 434 435
Their helpline 03456 434 435 is available Monday to Fridays from 8am – 6pm and on Saturday 9am – 1pm. We are closed on Sundays and bank holidays.
Tavistock Youth Café
First Tuesday of the month
Youth club sessions just for young carer's of secondary school age. A time to have a break from your caring role and to meet with other young carers who understand that life can be more difficult than it is for others of your age.
For more details please contact us via email, or by calling on 03456 434 435