A carer is someone who cares for a family member or friend who needs help with everyday living. The carer is not paid for doing this.
A carer who needs support to carry out their role as a carer can ask for their own assessment by the local council. This Carer's Needs Assessment is specifically about the carer's needs - and is not about those of the person they care for:
- Carer's Assessment (Carers UK)
- How to look after yourself whilst caring for someone else (Healthwatch UK)
- If you live within the boundaries of Liverpool City Council, The Brain Charity provides their Carers Advocacy service.
More advice and support
- Carers UK
Charity giving carers information, advice and support
• Find your local support
- Carers Trust
Charity for, with, and about carers
- Carers Direct
Free helpline for carers on 0300 123 1053 (Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat and Sun 11am-4pm). You can ask for a translator.
You can also get help by email.
- Care Act Guide (Disability Rights UK)
- Carers: help and support (Citizens Advice)
- Looking after someone? Know your rights (Healthwatch UK)
- Carers' rights at work (Which? website)
- Parents and carers: Workplace advice and guidance (Acas)
- Carers' assessments - help for parent carers (Contact charity)
- Carers (Gov.uk)
- Know your Rights: Support for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers in England
Visit our library to read our copy of the Disability Rights UK booklet Your Guide to the Care Act: What you need to know about social care in England.