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A carer is someone who gives regular care and support to someone else and is not paid for doing so.

Request a care assessment to find out whether you are eligible for help from Adult Social Care.

Being a carer may involve caring for:

  • a person with disabilities.
  • someone who has mental health or learning difficulties.
  • someone recovering from a recent illness or injury.
  • someone with a long-term illness.
  • a person with age-related difficulties.

If you regularly support someone with every-day tasks that they are unable to do for themselves, you are a carer, even if you may never have recognised yourself as such.

Caring tasks can include any of the following:

  • Emotional support like listening and talking.
  • Household chores like cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing or shopping.
  • Medication support such as picking up medication, reminding about medication, or physically helping someone with tablets or creams.
  • Personal care like help with eating, getting to the toilet, washing and dressing.
  • Physical care ensuring the person can move around their home.

Carers

Visit the Carers network for more information

Support for carers

If you are a carer for an adult (someone aged 18 or over) living in the City of London you may be able to get support, both for you as an individual and in your responsibilities as a carer.

To find out if what support may be available to you, please contact the Adult Social Care Team.

Contact

020 7332 1224 
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
adultsduty@cityoflondon.gov.uk

The team can give advice and offer you a carer's assessment. This is done so they can evaluate the best possible support that would most benefit you.

They will consider the different ways that caring affects your life, and work out how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family while fulfilling your responsibilities to the person you care for.

We will work together with you to agree a support plan that sets out how your support needs will be met. The support plan will include an individual budget showing the cost of meeting these needs.

City Carers Service

In collaboration with the Carers Network, the City Carers Service has been created especially for informal carers resident in the City of London. This service offers carers:

  • a friendly, confidential listening ear, at home, over the phone, via Skype or email, or at a monthly drop-in
  • help to navigate the maze of services, professionals or forms that many carers come across
  • expert information and advice on carers rights
  • support to help carers find ways to manage their caring role, and to find a balance between caring and the rest of life
  • a chance for carers to meet and share experiences with each other at monthly support groups, and to hear from local professionals
  • opportunities for training, social events, trips and activities.

The Carers Network has a dedicated website for the City Carers Service where you will find regular updates about events, opportunities and other general advice.

Contact

0208 960 3033
info@carers-network.co.uk
Carers Network website

Reach Out Network

The City Carers Service is a part of the Reach Out Network. This network is a collaboration between services working to reduce social isolation among City of London residents, while also encouraging residents to live and age well.

Learn more about the other services that make up the Reach Out Network

Carer's allowance

​You may also qualify for a Carer's Allowance, which is the main state welfare benefit available to carers.

If you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for somebody else, regardless if the person is related to you or lives with you, and you are over the age of 16, you may be entitled for financial support.

See here to find out more about the Carer's Allowance.

Remember, any allowance could be taxable and may affect other benefits you might receive.

Respite care

​As a carer you may benefit from the occasional break from your caring role. A respite care service can help you do this. 

Respite care is likely to be in the home of the cared for person, or in some cases in a care home depending on the needs and wishes of the person you care for.

The Adult Social Care Team can talk this through with you and give you details of the options available and how this might be funded. They can also advise on how to access or plan for emergency care due to a sudden change in circumstance.

The needs of a carer will be discussed as part of a carers' assessment along with the need for any replacement or respite care.

Eligibility criteria

​The criteria we use for determining carers who are eligible for support are set out in the Care Act 2014. These are national guidelines which are based on the impact that the caring role has on their wellbeing.

The national eligibility criteria require that in order for carer's needs to be eligible, they must relate to the following three conditions:

1. The carer's needs for support arise because they are providing necessary care to an adult. Carers can be eligible for support whether or not the adult for whom they care for has eligible needs. The carer must also be providing necessary care.

2. As a result of their caring responsibilities, the carer's physical and mental health is either deteriorating or is at risk of doing so or the carer is unable to achieve any of the following eligibility outcomes:

  • Carrying out any caring responsibilities the carer has for a child
  • Providing care to other persons for whom the carer provides care
  • Maintaining a habitable home environment in the carer's homes, whether or not this is also the home of the adult needing care
  • Managing and maintaining nutrition
  • Developing and maintaining family or other personal relationships
  • Engaging in work, training, education or volunteering
  • Making use of necessary facilities or services in the local community, including recreational facilities or services
  • Engaging in recreational activities.

3. As a consequence of being unable to achieve these outcomes, there is, or there is likely to be, a significant impact on the carer's wellbeing. 


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