Support and advice for carers

When you become a carer, tell your doctor that you are looking after someone else. It is important you talk to them about your own health needs as caring can be emotionally and physically demanding. Your doctor will keep a record of registered carers so they can offer advice and support.

When someone you look after is in hospital it can be a very worrying and stressful time. It is important that you share information with the hospital so they understand your role and how you can support a patient's recovery.

There are several support organisations for carers which can offer advice, information, practical and emotional support. They can also put you in touch with other carers who will understand your situation.

Financial support

There is a range of benefits, tax credits and other financial support that you may be able to receive as a carer. Find more information on the GOV.UK website.

Rally Round

Unpaid carers in North Somerset can access a free online application called Rally Round that can make life much easier to manage. 

Rally Round lets you set up and invite people to join an online network of support. You can then post tasks and people can offer to help. It’s the perfect way for people who want to help to get involved.