A carer is someone who provides unpaid, often intensive, support to family or friends who could not manage without that support. This could be caring for a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
Carers Lancashire is a partnership of organisations from across Lancashire, who provide a vast range of support to carers. Carers Lancashire can offer you:
If you think you are a carer and would like to access this support, please get in touch by telephoning Carers Lancashire on 0345 688 7113.
To help you as a carer, Lancashire County Council or Carers Lancashire can offer you a carers assessment. A carers assessment can help to identify what help you as a carer might need to support you in your caring role.
Should you choose to have your carers assessment undertaken by Lancashire County Council, your assessment will be carried out by a member of the Lancashire County Council social work team, and normally take place in your home, or in another mutually convenient place.
If you choose to have your carers assessment undertaken by Carers Lancashire, your assessment will be carried out by a worker from your local carers service and can take place in your home, over the telephone or by e-mail.
Whoever carries out your carers assessment, the person you care for does not have to be present during your assessment.
You will be asked to provide information during your carers assessment, for example:
If you would like to request a carers assessment from Lancashire County Council, contact the Customer Service Centre on 0845 053 0009.
If you would like to request a carers assessment from Carers Lancashire, contact Carers Lancashire on 0345 688 7113.
Carer's Allowance is £59.75 a week to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don't have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You need to be aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for them. Carer's Allowance is taxable. It can also affect your other benefits. For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance