Support for carers

If you care on a regular basis for a parent, child, partner, friend, neighbour who is elderly and frail, physically or mentally ill, has a physical or learning disability or drug or alcohol problems then you are a carer.

You might help the person in a variety of ways including shopping, collecting medication, cooking, cleaning, providing personal care, help with finance or giving emotional support or helping them to get out and about.

You may not describe yourself as a carer, it’s just what you do as a husband, wife, partner, relative or friend. Looking after someone can be a positive experience but it can also be challenging and exhausting both physically and mentally. You may find yourself with little time for yourself or to look after your own health and wellbeing.

In Northamptonshire, there are many support services available to help carers stay well and have time to themselves if they need it.

The Council can help if you need:
• support with your own health problems;
• a break from caring;
• to spend time with other carers who understand you;
• carer’s emergency breaks in a crisis;
• carer’s assessments and carer’s support groups;
• someone to talk to;
• support to get back to work; and
• help to plan for the future.

If you need support or a carer’s assessment you can get in touch by phone or email.

Call Northampton Carers Support Line:
01933 677907
Email: carers@northamptonshire-carers.org