If you are 18 years old or older, and you look after
- an adult who is ill, disabled or frail and cannot manage without your help
- a person who is perhaps a relative or friend and they might not even live with you, you are a carer.
Did you know that Care Act 2014 gives you the same rights to support as the people you care for?
For more information about being a carer and what your rights are, take an online course: Carer Aware Online Course (opens in new window). Please note: The online course requires Adobe Flash (opens in new window) to be installed on your computer.
What support is available?
Worcestershire Integrated Carers Hub
The Hub supports unpaid adult carers across the County and builds on Worcestershire Association of Carers current provision, by providing a one stop shop for carers. To find out more visit Worcestershire Association of Carers (opens in new window) or call 0300 012 4272.
Accessing support as a carer for an adult
You can use our online form to arrange for someone to contact you and start a conversation about your role as a carer and the support you need:
or speak to the Adult Contact Team by phone on 01905 768053
Carer's support plan
The carer's support plan is a plan of action for you, outlining what you can expect to happen following on from your carer's conversation. The plan will look at how unmet outcomes can be achieved to help sustain you in your caring role.
The review offers an opportunity for you to consider whether the outcomes and support identified during your carer's conversation and support plan are still meeting your needs, and to highlight any changes in circumstances. Where it is considered necessary it should be carried out at least annually, it is necessary to ensure that the caring role is still sustainable.
- breaks help to fulfill your caring commitments without putting yourself under unnecessary pressure or stress. To do this we support carers with replacement care (sometimes referred to as 'respite care').
- independent advocacy This service is to support you and help you to get the care and support that you need.
- local support groups. Get in touch with local support groups via the Worcestershire Association of Carers (opens in new window) website.
- if you are 18 to 25 years old, you can also get support from YSS (opens in new window), contact them for more information
The Bridge (opens in a new window) - this is a charity which offers a counselling service for carers for a small donation
Healthy Mind (opens in a new window) - this service can support carers with their well-being and mental health. There are also online resources that give strategies for coping with stress and anxiety
Worcestershire Association of Carers (opens in new window) - It is a registered charity that provides an independent source of information, advice and support for unpaid adult carers in Worcestershire.
My Adult still My Child (opens in a new window) - Information and support for parent carers of children over 18 to help with understanding your rights and options in decision-making as you continue to love and care for your adult child