We understand that your role as a carer is vital to our patients’ health and wellbeing and we want to help and support you wherever we can.
Carers’ Rights and the Care Act
A carer is someone who helps a friend or family member (who has an illness, disability, mental health problem or addiction) in their day-to-day life without being paid for it.
If you’re over 18 and caring for an adult, the Care Act 2014 outlines your legal rights to assessment and a variety of support. Your local authority will carry out an assessment and, if you’re eligible, will work with you to create a support plan.
If you’re a young carer or you’re caring for a disabled child, you can be assessed and supported under children’s law.
There are a number of useful online resources that can support you in your role as a carer, including:
- The Berkshire Carers Hub (for people living in Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire)
- 0118 324 7333
- Publications by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead local council
- Coping with self-harm - a guide for parents and carers