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Carers Info

‘A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.’ (Carers trust, 2013)

Who can be a carer?

Anyone can be a carer. Carers come from all walks of life, and include people of all ages, genders and cultures. Many don’t choose to become carers, but instead simply react to the needs of those around them. There are approximately 7 million carers in Britain, and this number is continually rising. It is estimated that three in five people in the UK will be a carer at some point during their life.

What do carers do?

Carers help in a variety of different situations. This could include looking after someone with a disability or mental heath condition, or helping someone with their medical treatment. Carers provide a wide range of support including help with tasks like housework, medication, treatment, dressing, feeding, bathing, and toileting. Caring isn’t just limited to practical support and many carers also provide emotional support to those that they are looking after. People who help others manage their kidney condition and its treatment may be classed as carers.

Why do carers need support?

Throughout the UK, carers provide a large amount of care and support to others. Caring for someone can however mean that people face a number of challenges which could include:

 -Isolation from friends and family
 -Reduced income, and poverty
 -Reduced employment prospects for the future
 -Tiredness and exhaustion as carers manage their jobs, as well
  as their caring responsibilities

Carers can also suffer ill-health due to their caring role. To care safely and maintain their own physical and mental health and well-being, carers need information, support, respect and recognition from the professionals with whom they are in contact. If you are a carer then it may help you to get in touch with some of the support organisations on page 2 who can support you in your caring role.

Support for Carers

There are a number of local and national support organisations for carers. The aim of these is to support people who are providing care, rather than those who are receiving it. Details of these organisations and how you can contact them can be found below:

 Carers UK:

A national organisation which supports carers across the UK. Their website and advice line provides a range of information and advice on different topics including benefits and signposting to local support services for carers. For more details visit their website (www.carersuk.org) or phone their advice line on 0808 808 7777.

Carers Trust:

A national organisation which provides support and advice to carers. For more details visit their website (www.carers.org). National Kidney Federation (NKF): The NKF is a national charity which supports kidney patients and their carers across the UK. Their helpline provides assistance to patients and carers on a range of different issues and topics. The helpline is open 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday and can be contacted on 0845 601 0209.

Carers Federation Ltd:

Local organisation providing tailored support specific to each individual’s circumstances and needs. They provide a wide range of services including mentoring, counselling and group sessions to carers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. To speak to a member of their team please phone 0115 9629310 or visit their website (www.carersfederation.co.uk).

Derbyshire Carer’s Association:

Local organisation providing tailored support specific to each individual’s circumstances and needs. They provide a wide range of services including information and advice, support groups and advocacy to carers in Derby and Derbyshire. For more details, visit their website (www.derbyshirecarers.co.uk) or phone 01773 743355.

Carers Registration and Referral form