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Carers

Carers are people who, without payment, provide help and support to a family member, friend or neighbour who cannot manage on their own due to physical or mental illness, disability, substance misuse or frailty brought on by old age.

Caring roles can include administering medication, lifting and handling, personal or emotional care. Carers should not be confused with paid care workers, care assistants or with volunteer care workers.

A “Young Carer” is defined as being below 18, who carries out significant caring tasks and by so doing, shoulders a level of responsibility for another person which is inappropriate for their age. This situation often arises when parents who have long term conditions are not offered appropriate help and support, although it is a fact that most children of disabled or sick parents do not have to take on such responsible caring roles.

There is a wealth of information available on the NHS website about being a carer and caring

Attached below are links to the NHS web-page about carer support, and also a link to the more local Royal Borough of Greenwich carer resources

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers/

https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/200274/carers/759/support_for_carers/2

 

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