carer is someone who looks after and supports a friend, relative or
neighbour who could not manage without their help. This could be due to
age, physical or mental illness or disability.
Carers come from
all walks of life, all cultures and can be any age and anyone can become
a carer. Many feel that they are doing what anyone would do in the same
situation; looking after a mother, wife, son or best friend, for
example. You may not think you are a carer or you may not live with the
person you care for and so don't ask for support.
If you care for someone, and it has an impact on your life, you are entitled to have an assessment of your needs as a carer.
carer's assessment will look at the different ways that caring affects
your life and work out how you can carry on doing the things that are
important to you and your family. Your physical, mental and emotional
wellbeing will be at the heart of this assessment and you may benefit
- receiving information about local support groups
- just having someone to talk to
- information about training available to you
- advice about how to get a balance between work and caring
- assessment of your needs
- information on how your GP can help you
- practical help
- services to enable you to have a break from your caring role.
can have a carer's assessment even if the person you care for does not
get any help from the council, and they need not be reassessed.
Our carers' assessments are carried out by Northamptonshire Carers:Request a carer's assessment
Direct payments for carers
If you need other types of support
you may be eligible for a direct payment to support you in your caring
role. This can be spent on things to make your caring role easier. We
will be able to help you to find the right support - just ask for a
If you would like an assessment please contact Northamptonshire Carers.
If the person you care for needs help and support
If you would like advice from the council, please contact adult
social care to arrange an assessment or a care review for the person you care for. How to request an assessment or a review
Access to support organisations
There are a range of
organisations across Northamptonshire that offer support groups and
activities for carers. Some of these are provided for carers looking
after family members with specific health issues, such as dementia,
Parkinsons, mental health issues or drug and alcohol problems.
You may be eligible for certain benefits as a carer.
Allowance is a tax-free benefit for people aged 65 or over who need
someone to help look after them because they are physically or mentally
disabled. Find out if you are eligible and how to claim.
Allowance is a taxable benefit to help people who look after someone
who is disabled. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the
person that you care for.
Personal Independence Payment (replacing Disability Living Allowance)
The Personal Independence Payment is for disabled people aged 16 to 64.
Employment and Support Allowance
and Support Allowance replaces Incapacity Benefit and Income Support
that is paid because of an illness or disability for new claimants from
27 October 2008. If you are already receiving Incapacity Benefit, you
will continue to get it as long as you are eligible.
Help with health costs
National Health Service (NHS) treatment is free but there can be
charges for some things. You may be able to get help with NHS health
costs if for example you're on a low income.
you can't work because of illness or disability you may be able to get
Incapacity Benefit (IB), a weekly payment for people under State Pension
You will find additional support and information on the national carers website.