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A carer is someone who provices substantial and regular care to a family member or friend, who is frail or has an illness or disability.  Carers of any age are entitled to an assessment of their own needs as a carer regardless of whether or not the person they care for is in receipt of services.

If you are a carer and would like to have your needs assessed please let us know by completing the Carers Assessment Referral Form. This information will be forwarded to the Carers Development Officer for the South Eastern HSC Trust in order that they can arrange an appointment for you. 

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
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Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

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