Unpaid Carers
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Unpaid Carers


Unpaid carers

The Scottish Government defines a carer as “an individual who provides or intends to provide care for another individual.”  You do not have to live with the person you care for and you may be providing practical or personal care, emotional support or a mixture of the above.  A person is not considered an unpaid carer if they have a contract to provide care (in employment) or if the care provided is part of voluntary work.

Carers can be relatives, including parents, children and siblings, but can also be partners, friends or neighbours. You may be a young carer if you meet the above definition and are under the age of 18, or 18 and still at school.

We know that unpaid carers are likely to be under additional pressure during the current pandemic. Many of you are trying to juggle work and study, with an increasing caring role, while also trying to maintain safe distancing and follow restriction rules. We know that you may not be getting the support or breaks from services that usually help you cope or that you may be caring for loved ones at home to shield them from the virus. Some of you are also carers in your work lives as well as being unpaid carers at home.

At this time it may seem that taking care of your mental health and wellbeing comes way down the priority list of things to do.  Hard as it may seem, it is important to find even small ways to look after yourself. Please have a look at the resources on this website and see if there’s anything that might help you during these difficult times.

To find out about local carer support services, including carer centres near you, Care Information Scotland provides a detailed list of all carer centres and young carers services across Scotland.

https://www.careinfoscotland.scot/topics/support-for-carers/carers-centres/

Local carers services are currently providing support, information and advice to carers over the phone and online.

The support offered differs depending on which centre you use however all will be able to support you with questions you may have around the current pandemic.

 

The Scottish Government has published advice for unpaid carers who visit or live with a friend or family member to provide help with personal care such as washing or dressing.  The advice details the situations in which unpaid carers may require personal protective equipment (PPE).

If you think you require PPE due to your caring role, and the routes you normally use to access it are unavailable, please contact your local carers centre and they will advise you on how to access supplies locally.

A list of local carers centres and young carer services can be found here.

If your local carers centre is unavailable, you can call the Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020 and they can provide you with information.

For further information on support for unpaid carers please see Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers

To find out about local carer support services, including carer centres near you, Care Information Scotland provides a detailed list of all carer centres and young carers services across Scotland.

https://www.careinfoscotland.scot/topics/support-for-carers/carers-centres/

Shared Care Scotland  have compiled a comprehensive list of home-based activities to help unpaid carers, and those they care for, to have a ‘break’ at home. Click here for details

There will be support available to you through national services Breathing Space and NHS24.

Please also have a look at the resources on this website and see if there’s anything that might help you during these difficult times.

 

 

Taking care

Unpaid carers are likely to be under additional pressure during the current pandemic.

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