Carers

Do you help to look after someone a few hours a week (or more) that relies on you for emotional, medical, personal, or physical care or help with domestic tasks? You could be a carer and would possibly benefit from support. 

There are an estimated 63,685 carers in Worcestershire self-identified in the last census 2011. We expect this has increased greatly more recently including because of COVID-19.

The level of caring can vary in its intensity, frequency and may fluctuate and can vary depending on each individual.

You have the same rights to support as the people you care for

Care Act 2014

Under the Care Act 2014, the Council has a duty to provide information, advice, and support to carers. This is to make sure that Carers' well-being is promoted by helping you to balance your caring role and the rest of your life. This will help with your mental and physical health and well-being. All partners signed up to the all age Carers Strategy will work with carers to recognise and value carers, help develop a life of your own and support to be mentally and physically well. To do this we will identify the resources already available to you in your family, friends and community networks and put support in place to complement these where necessary.

Carer awareness

For information about what a carer is, the impacts this can have on the carer’s life, the rights of carers and what support is available, see the Carer awareness resources page.