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Who is a carer?

A carer is anyone who appears to have a need for support as a result looking after a relative, neighbour or friend. Such care doesn’t have to be full time, nor do you have to be living with the person you support. If you or someone you know provides unpaid care for a friend or family member who due to an illness, disability, mental health problem including caring for those living with an addiction who cannot cope without his or her support then you may find the information set out below of help and support.

Sometimes a person takes on a caring role gradually, supporting the person more and more as their health or ability to care for themselves diminishes over time. Other times a person may have a more intensive care role helping with all daily living tasks – for example supporting with feeding, bathing, dressing, going to the toilet and taking medicines.

The Care Act sets out a national eligibility across all client groups. Carers that provide ‘necessary’ care (activities that the individual requiring support should be able to carry out as part of normal daily life but is unable to do) so maybe entitled to a carer's assessment.

If you are a carer, you might find the following websites useful:

You can find further information on local and national services on the Walsall Community Living Directory website.

Contact the Adult Social Care team.

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