If you are a Carer


If you are providing support for someone who has a disability or illness and who could not manage without your help then YOU ARE A CARER

Let your G.P know you are caring for someone and to consider what may be of help to you like:

  • Carer advice and support from an independent organisation such as the Belfast Carers Centre
  • Asking your G.P for a health check for yourself
  • Referral to a social worker for a Carer's Assessment.  This will give you the opportunity to talk over your caring role and to find out what is available from your local social services such as the Carer Complementary Therapy Service or a Carer Grant.
  • Talking to your G.P. or District Nurse about relaxation techniques and how to manage stress.  Thinking about asking for support to assist you in caring or to have a break from your caring role.

Useful web link - Carers Information on Belfast Trust Site


Carers Direct

Content Supplied by NHS Choices There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
Online Enquiry Form

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.


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