Caring for someone can be demanding and difficult. There may be more help available in Leicester and Leicestershire than you realise.
As a carer you are entitled to a carer's assessment. For more information contact your local authority:
Leicester city council carers assessment - www.leicester.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/adult-social-care/support-for-carers/get-a-carer-s-assessment/
Leicestershire county council carers assessment - www.leicestershire.gov.uk/adult-social-care-and-health/looking-after-someone/what-is-a-carers-assessment
Some questions and answers...
I am caring for someone. What support and help is there for me?
VASL support for carers
01858 468 543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Leicestershire County Council carers information
Leicester City Council carers information
Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland
Offering support through a free advice line
0800 678 1602
www.ageuk.org.uk/leics and specific carers support www.ageuk.org.uk/leics/our-services/support-for-carers/leicester-carers-support-service/
The Carers Centre
Offers a range of free services including advocacy, information and support for carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
0116 251 0999 or email email@example.com
Unit 19, 4th Floor Matrix House, Constitution Hill, Leicester LE1 1PL
Is there any funding available for me as a carer?
This is the main state benefit for carers. You don’t have to be related to or live with the person you care for to be eligible if the person you care for has certain benefits.
Carer’s Credit is a National Insurance credit that helps with gaps in your National Insurance record. Your State Pension is based on your National Insurance record.
NHS support and benefits for carers
Is any help available when caring for someone with a specific condition?
Caring for someone with dementia
Dementia Support Service
0116 231 1111 or call the National Dementia Helpline on 0845 3000 336
Caring for someone with a heart condition
Caring for someone with Parkinson's Disease
I'm under 18 and I help my Dad every day to wash, dress and feed himself. Is there anyone else like me? Are there any organisations that will support me?
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after a family member such as a parent, brother, sister or other relative or they might care for a family friend who is disabled, has a mental health condition or misuses alcohol or drugs. The person may live in the same house as the young carer or somewhere else.
It is can be very helpful to talk about your caring responsibilities with an adult and/or friend who you trust. Talking about the challenges you face can give you encouragement and may help you make good decisions. If you're at school or college, it is important that a teacher you trust knows too. They can help you plan your school and home work.
Further information and support is available at:
I am caring for a loved one. Are there any small groups we can attend together?
Continuing wellbeing mentally, spiritually, physically and socially is important. Caring for someone can be comforting and rewarding for both parties, but sometimes it can be isolating, frustrating and tiring too. It is important that you have opportunities to go out, to take part in something you enjoy and to meet others for conversations and activities. There are lots of groups across Leicestershire. Find out more on the Support for Carers website.
Can Respite Care Provision give me a break from caring?
Respite care is the term used for different services designed to give you a break from caring. It could be someone coming to your home to look after the person you care for on a regular basis while you go to an activity, shop or visit a friend, or someone to take them out to an activity group or day centre. Or you may need an opportunity to go on holiday, with or without the person you care for. If you're going away without the person you care for, they may have a temporary stay in a residential care.
Support at home
Leicestershire County Council - www.leicestershire.gov.uk/adult-social-care-and-health/living-independently-at-home
Private agencies that may offer respite care
There are a wide range of private agencies throughout Leicester and Leicestershire for further information:
Leicester City Council - www.mychoice.leicester.gov.uk/Search?CategoryId=98&SM=ServiceSearch&UDG=True&SME=True
There are a wide range of care homes throughout Leicestershire.
Provides a good overview of care homes and will help you identify a care home that suits your criteria.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
The CQC regulates, inspects and rates all social services and health care provision which include care homes.
NHS find a care home
Leicester, (Leicestershire and Rutland Organisation for the Relief Of Suffering)
Groby Road, Leicester
Thorpe Hall, Thorpe Rd, Longthorpe, Peterborough PE3 6LW
Myton Hospice, Coventry
Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry CV2 2HJ
Myton Hospice, Rugby
Barby Road, Rugby CV22 5PY
Treetops Hospice Care, Risley
Treetops Hospice Care, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire DE72 3SS
Nottinghamshire Hospice, Nottingham
384 Woodborough Road, Nottingham NG3 4JF
Hayward House Hospice, Nottingham
South Rd, Nottingham NG5 1PB
Other sources of assistance
Can help you make informed choices on care
Nursing care at home for a terminal illness
Nursing care at home for a terminal illness, as well as emotional advice and symptom management.
Diana Children's Community Nursing Service
Nursing care at home to children aged 0-18 years across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through a seven-day service.
0116 295 5080