What is a carer?
A carer is a person of any age, adult or child, who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who couldn't manage to live independently or whose health or wellbeing would deteriorate without this help. This could be due to frailty, disability or serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse. Parents of children who are disabled or who have a serious health condition are also considered to be carers.
If you are a carer then please advise the receptionist, doctor or nurse when you see them, you can also ask at reception for a carers pack. One in eight people are unpaid carers and it is recognised that this group of people often struggle to cope and neglect their own needs.
Dudley has launched a new service to support carers and further information can be found at www.dudleycarersalliance.org.uk or call Dudley Carers Network on 01384 818723.
Dudley Carers Hub - In Summer 2018 Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council launched Dudley Carers Hub and Wellbeing Service for carers of all ages https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/care-and-health/adult-health-social-care/do-you-look-after-someone/support-for-carers/