A carer is a person who looks after someone who is frail, ill or disabled. Carers do not receive payment for the care they provide. Carers make a huge contribution to society. As an NHS trust we have a duty to help ensure carers receive the help and support they need to be able to care for their friend or relative. Carers are entitled to an assessment of their needs. This may help to identify ways that they be assisted in their caring role. A carers assessment should be offered as part of the assessment of the person they care for. If it isn’t please request an assessment from a member of staff.
Locally and nationally there are a number of organisations which offer support to carers. Our leaflet A Commitment to Mental Health Carers in Cornwall gives a number of useful contacts. Carers Direct website and helpline (0808 802 0202) and textphone (0800 988 8657) provides a range of information on the issues that affect carers. Carers Support Workers are available across Cornwall. They can provide information on local support groups and are a good source of information. There are support workers for mental health, dementia and young carers.