Recognise your role as a vitally important carer

Unsure if you’re a carer? Lots of people don’t recognise that they are.  We can help you to find out.  No-one likes to be labelled, however recognising yourself as a carer can be the first step to getting the information, advice, and support that you need.

An adult carer is someone aged 18 or over with one or more people of any age relying on them for support, unpaid.

For example:

Adult carers of adults: adults (persons aged 18 or over) who are caring for one or more than one other adult.

Parent Carers: people aged 18 or over who have parental responsibility for children and young people with impairments and who provide or intends to provide them care.

Young adult carers: someone aged 18 to 25 who provides unpaid support.

Sandwich carers: adults looking after a combination of adults and people under 18.

Our specialist supporters can help carers aged 18 or over caring for any combination of people.

Young carers: people age under 18 who have another person of any age relying on them for help.  If you are a young carer or the parent/relative of a young carer please contact the Young Carers Services for help Young carers services | Oxfordshire County Council

Carers look after people because an illness, disability, a mental health condition, frailty, or addiction means they cannot cope without support. 

Carers don’t get paid for the support they give to someone.

In Oxfordshire, a carer is someone who is looking after someone who lives in Oxfordshire.  The carer does not need to live with the person they care for.

Carers look after a member of their family, a friend or a neighbour and may not recognise that they are a carer because of their relationship or because they feel that what they do is a neighbourly thing.  Importantly if you are doing something for someone, regularly that they need to stay safe and well, but they cannot do themselves, you are a carer.

Every parent cares for their child but some children need extra support because of their particular needs. Parents often don’t think of themselves as carers but those who are giving their child extra support that would not necessarily be required for a child of a similar age can be recognised as parent carers.

Are you a young carer or the parent/relative of a young carer? Do you worry about how doing the things that you/they would normally do now or later in life, such as meeting friends, going to school or work or just spending time on your/their own might be affected by what you/they are doing for someone?  It may not have crossed your mind that there is some support. Contact Young Carers Services to ask for an assessment to see if they can help.  Young carers services | Oxfordshire County Council

We know that whatever is needed you help because that person cannot manage without you, which makes you a very important part of their life.

Want to get involved?

You can get involved with Carers Oxfordshire, if you have some time to spare then volunteering as a befriender might be of interest.

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