How do I know if I'm a carer?
If you are a carer, there is practical, emotional and financial support available that you may be able to access. The tasks below are examples of what carers may do, to help the person they care for:
- Helping with day-to-day domestic tasks forms a large part of caring roles. This may include food shopping, helping them keep their home tidy, and helping them do their laundry.
- Supporting a person when they're outside their home can be part of being a carer, too. This may include helping them get out and about, helping them travel to appointments and helping them spend time with family or friends.
- Sometimes caring involves doing things for people that they would normally do for themselves. This may include helping them to wash, helping them to get dressed and helping them to take their medicine.
- Caring can also involve helping with or taking control of a person's finances. This may include helping them pay bills, helping organise their finances and helping them with budgeting.
- Emotional support is also a big part of the support a carer provides. This may include sitting with them to keep them company, watching over them when they can't be left alone or visiting, ringing, or texting them to check they're feeling ok.
Register as a carer
There are 3 simple ways to register as a carer and to get information, advice and support.
- Register online using the register as a carer form - recommended
- If you would like to talk about your caring role and have an opportunity to meet with a Carers Support Coordinator, please contact Caring for Carers on 01752 201890 or email email@example.com
- Contact Plymouth City Council Adult Social Care on 01752 668000
If you are a carer who is looking after someone who lives outside of Plymouth please use the Carers Trust website to find the carers service in your area.