Do you look after a family member or a friend?
If you regularly provide unpaid care for a friend or family member you may be a carer. More than one person in ten is a carer – there are around 84,000 carers in Devon.
‘Carers are people of any age who provide unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.’
As a carer you can access services and support provided through Devon Carers, a service run by eight local organisations working together to provide help and information.
If the person you are caring for is receiving services from Devon County Council or NHS Devon, tell the professional working with them that you are a carer. You may be entitled to an assessment to receive support and services in your own right. You can also call Devon Carers to request a carers’ assessment in your own right on 0845 6434 435 or visit devoncarers.org.uk/devon-carers
Services for carers
Carers’ services in Devon are changing to meet the requirements of the Care Act 2014 for adult carers of adults and the Children and Families Act 2014 for young carers and parent carers of children with additional needs. Information about the new services will be available soon.
If you are a carer and need support now contact Devon Carers on 0845 6434 435 or visit devoncarers.org.uk/devon-carers
Carers in Devon: Joint Strategy 2014-2019 has been created with the NEW Devon CCG and the South Devon and Torbay CCG. It is our strategy to commission health and social care services for carers.
To find out more about the carers’ strategy and to have your say on future developments contact Devon Carers’ Voice.