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Supporting carers

Unpaid or informal carers in the Berkshire West area are supported by the NHS, social care and public health who together provide services which aim to:

  • support people in a caring role
  • prevent carers’ support needs from increasing
  • help carers to manage the impact caring has on their own health and wellbeing
  • help carers to enjoy a life outside caring

Recognising and supporting informal, family, unpaid carers as expert partners in care is a vital element to achieve the aims of these services.

The responsibilities and demands of being a carer can often mean that they overlook their own health and wellbeing.

Are you a carer?

Make sure you tell your GP so that it can be recorded on your medical records.
You may also find this practical guide helpful.

Many people do not see themselves as carers. They simply may think of themselves as a friend or family of the person they care for and often don’t realise help is available such as:

  • assessments
  • direct payments
  • home care
  • housing adaptations
  • funding for short breaks or respite

Carers need good sources of help, support and information as they often solely focus on the health and wellbeing of the person they care for and neglect their own health, putting the needs of the person they care for first; often missing routine health check appointments or vaccinations.

Caring can particularly impact mental health as many carers report feeling stressed, anxious and depressed. Carers may also experience social isolation and loneliness as their caring role affects their ability to maintain social relationships because of lack of free time and limited finances.

NHS England's Integrated approach to identifying and assessing carer health and wellbeing is available here.

Further information on services and help available can be found via the links below: