Carers for adults
Last updated: 26/03/2013
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What is a carer?
You are a carer if you provide regular and substantial unpaid
help to someone who cannot manage without your support. You may not
live in the same house, and you do not have to be related to the
person you look after.
The person you care for may be:
- A frail older person
- Someone with a physical or learning disability
- Someone with mental ill health
- Someone with dementia
- Someone who has a long-term illness or condition
Carers Emergency Card Scheme
Would you like a safety net to support you in your caring role?
The carer emergency card scheme is designed to
provide you with peace of mind that your contingency plans are
known to all in case any unplanned emergency occurs.
Please follow the link to find out more.
How do you get help?
As a carer, you have a right to an assessment from Adult Care and Support.
This is the first step towards getting support in a range of
If you would like to request a carers assessment, you can speak
to the Access
Team by completing the Request Help
for Adults referral form, via an email to email@example.com or
by calling 0300 1234 131.
Adult Care and Support provides a range of support for the
person you care for and for carers. This support can include:
- providing paid care workers to help with bathing and
- providing equipment, meals or adaptations to the home
Services for carers could include:
- help to have a break from caring
- help with other responsibilities such as childcare
- emotional support
for Carers leaflet tells you more about what help is available,
and the third part of it tells you more about Services for carers from Adult Care and
Please look at our Assistive Technology pages where you will see
information about a number of pieces of equipment which may make
your lives, and those of the people you care for, a little
easier. Tremorvah Industries also have their own
What are your rights?
For information about your rights please see Carers Rights.
The Council is committed to establishing a carer’s forum and
database which will allow you to discuss issues relating to your
caring responsibilities with other colleagues. By being on the
database you will receive regular information about being a
Council Carers Policy Statement
If you would like further information please contact Magi
Omlo-Coad on 01872 323641.
To see a list of dates and venues of Cornwall Carers
Service forum meetings, please take a look at the carers
section of our news and newsletters page.
Other organisations who can help
Cornwall Carers Service is the central point of contact for
carers in Cornwall.
The Carers Helpline number is 01872 266383. All
enquiries and referrals go through this number. It is staffed
between 8am and 6pm, Monday-Friday and offers out of hours numbers
at all other times.
Have a look at the Cornwall Carers
Service website to find out more.
Please look at our Carers Contacts page for information
about other local organisations who can offer support to
carers. You will also see how to find support groups in your
area, and links to a number of websites specifically for
Financial help for carers
Please see our page about Financial help for carers
More carers pages
Adult Care and Support information leaflets for
As well as looking at these leaflets on line, ask for them at
your local Adult Care and Support offices, or order them on-line
using our online publications order form.
Links to websites about carers issues
On the Carers direct website you can find information about: