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Adult Carers

Am I an Adult or Older Carer?

If you are an adult (over 18) looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, partner or friend over the age of 18, then you are an adult carer. If you are an adult (over 65) looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, partner or friend over the age of 18, then you are an older carer.

 

The person you look after may be elderly, have a physical or mental health condition, a learning disability or a drug or alcohol dependency (diagnosed or undiagnosed).

Carer with elderly man
Carer with elderly man

Carers often have their own health problems. Health conditions may be caused as a direct result of their caring role or be worsened from the physical and mental strains of caring. Carers may experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. Under the Care Act 2014 adult carers are entitled to support with their caring role, irrespective if the person they are caring for, (often called cared for or dependant), wish to have support or an assessment with Swindon Borough Council social services themselves.

If you contact us, we will take some key information from you and complete a short registration assessment of your caring role to establish your needs and send you any relevant information that may be useful. With your consent we may also signpost you to external organisations that can also offer support to you and your dependant (cared for).

What we offer

Once registered with our Adult/Older carer services, you can access:

  • Carers support line
  • 1:1 support
  • Benefits advice
  • Access to breaks and complementary therapies, training sessions and self-help groups
  • Volunteer qualified Counsellor (small donation asked)
  • Bereavement support following the death of your dependant.
  • Emergency Card scheme

When we receive an Adult/Older/Parent Carer referral, our Adult and Parent Carer Support teams will contact the carer to complete a short registration and assessment process, discuss their caring role and the services that can offer support and assistance.

Register with us