Looking After Someone

Who is a carer?

A carer can be any age and could include someone under 18 (often known as a young carer), or someone who is the parent of a disabled child or young person.

Many people are carers, but find it difficult to see themselves in this role, and do not always wish to be identified as a carer, as for them the caring relationship is simply part of normal everyday life as a son, daughter, husband, wife, parent etc.

As a result, they often don’t realise that there is support available for them as well as the person they care for.

 

The care provided may include:

  • Helping to make meals, or doing housework or shopping
  • Helping someone to wash and dress, or to eat
  • Making sure that medication is taken or collected on time
  • Keeping an eye on someone to keep them safe
  • Providing emotional support
  • Reminding them to do things they can no longer remember to do

Darlington Borough Council is committed to supporting carers and carers should be involved in the assessment of the person they care for and should also be offered an assessment of their own needs as a carer.

Many people are carers, but find it difficult to see themselves in this role, and do not always wish to be identified as a carer, as for them the caring relationship is simply part of normal everyday life as a son, daughter, husband, wife, parent etc. As a result, they often don’t realise that there is support available for them as well as the person they care for.

 

Carers should be involved in the assessment of the person they care for and should also be offered an assessment of their own needs as a carer.

 If you would like a carer’s assessment to identify your needs, you can complete this online

More information about the support available for carers can be found in the following leaflets:

 

Carers Leaflet 1 - Information about carers assessments

Carers Leaflet 2 - Carers information sheet

or you could contact Darlington Carers Support website[external link] Unit 1F, Enterprise House, Valley Street North, Darlington, DL1 1GY. Telephone 0300 030 1215

Darlington Carers Support provides information, support and advice to carers. Through them you can make contact with other carers and receive information about other sources of help.

The service is open from Monday - Friday, 9am until 5pm.

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