Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: Healthcare from the heart of your community

Information for Carers

carer: A man in a motorised wheelchair; A young woman walking beside himWhat is a Carer?

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support. With 1.4 million people providing 50 or more carer hours a week for a partner, friend or family member, carers make a significant contribution to society and the NHS. You can find out more about the NHS’ Commitment to Carers here.

Local resources

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have made three publications for residents to download. These have been updated to include the details of SIGNAL, the Royal Borough’s new Carers Support Services:

1. Carers Information Booklet – this is a one stop, comprehensive guide for carers containing lots of useful information about local services and the support available

2. Carers Assessment – a guide to a carers assessment and what to expect

3. Carefree – a smaller handy booklet with bite sized information about how and where carers can access support in the Royal Borough

Caring for Others

Berkshire Healthcare recognises the importance that a carer has in the care of our patients. We have developed this page as resource for information for you and have provide links to sources of information that can help you in your role as carer.

You could be carer for someone with one or more condition. To find out more about conditions, please visit our service catalogue.

Carers' Rights and the Care Act

The Care Act 2014 sets out carers' legal rights to assessment and support. It came into force in April 2015.

The Care Act relates mostly to adult carers – people aged 18 and over who are caring for another adult. This is because young carers (aged under 18) and adults who care for disabled children can be assessed and supported under children's law.

NHS Choices has a wealth of information on the Care Act and your rights which you can read about here.

Care and Support

NHS Choices also has a care and support page, which can be found here.

Improving support for carers

The Department of Health wants to learn more about the lives of those who give their time and energy to support friends or family members needing care. They would like to hear from carers, those who have someone care for them, businesses, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers. The information received will help develop a new strategy to set out what carers need; one which reflects their lives and the health and financial concerns they have about themselves, their families and those they care for.

• If you would like to participate, please send your views by 30 June 2016

What support and materials are there for Carers in Berkshire?

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