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A carer is someone who looks after a friend, relative or neighbour needing support owing to sickness, age or disability.
 
Throughout this section of our website, the word 'carer' does NOT mean a professional care-worker, for example, in a nursing home - or someone employed by a disabled person.
 
Often carers themselves are entitled to help and support. This section is for people new to caring and contains some ideas about where to get help and advice. This includes information about financial help you may receive.
 
Staffordshire County Council provides more information on Carers and offers an assessment guide on the types of service's available. And also information on the different types of Social Care services available within the area.
 

Social Services

 
Your Local Social Services department may be able to make things easier for you and the person you care for. They may offer help such as a place at a day centre, paid care workers, adaptations to your home, meals or short-term breaks for you as a carer.
 
To work out what services could benefit you, they need to discuss the help that the person you care for needs, the help you currently give and the services your council may be able to provide. This is called a carer's assessment. 
 

Young carers

 
Carers aged 16 or over who provide a regular and substantial amount of care for someone aged 18 or over have a right to an assessment. You can have a carer's assessment even if the person you care for refuses help.
 
The Children's Society has a website for young carers.
 

Caring for a child

 
If you care for a disabled child, your needs will be considered in the family's needs assessment. 
 
You can ask your local doctor (GP) to contact your local Social Services department on your behalf.
 
There are carers' groups in many parts of the country. Some areas have carers' workers whose job is to co-ordinate groups and get support for people.
 

Links

 
External Link: Carers Association Southern Staffordshire (CASS)
Provides up to date resources and information on issues relevant to carers and those professionals who assist them in their role.
 
Information and research on carers and employment. This can be found by searching the site for 'carers and employment'.
 
External Link: www.carers.gov.uk
Carers provides details of the services or benefits affecting carers and will be useful to carers, to carers' workers and voluntary organisations and others.
 
Information for carers on a range of topics including news and events.
 
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Contacts

 
Staffordshire County Council
Social Services (Codsall Office)
Telephone: (01902) 434000
 
If you experience any problems with the links on this page then please contact us and we will aim to rectify any problem(s) as soon as possible.
 
 
 
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