What is a carer?
Definition of a carer
A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.
Anyone can become a carer; carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be of any age. Many feel they are doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after their mother, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.
Carers don’t choose to become carers: it just happens and they have to get on with it; if they did not do it, who would and what would happen to the person they care for?
How to get a carers assessment....
If you're a carer, you may want your own assessment by social services to look at support or services you need. The way that you can get a carer's assessment will depend on your circumstances.
If you're regularly providing a substantial amount of care for someone, social services have a legal obligation to let you know that you have a right to your own carer’s assessment. They should let you know about this when they carry out an assessment of the person you are looking after .
The information should be available in different languages and formats.
If social services does not provide any services to the person you're looking after, you can contact them and request a carer’s assessment.
If social services are providing services to the person you are looking after but there are no plans to assess them or reassess them, you can still ask for your own carer’s assessment.
If the person you're looking after is being discharged from hospital, you will be offered your own assessment as part of discussions about the plans for them leaving hospital.
If the person you're looking after has severe mental health problems, you may have additional rights to your own assessment as their carer. That would be the case if he or she were provided with support and services under the Care Programme Approach.
For more information, you can contact the Fife Carers Centre on
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Fife Carers Centre
Click here for the latest Fife Carers Centre Newsletter
If you are a carer....
If you care for someone who requires you to speak on their behalf, or for you to have access to their medical records, please print and complete our Third Party Form and hand it in to the surgery.
Carers Health matters
Time for you is important!
We would like to invite you to attend our Carers Café provided by
Fife Specialist Palliative care service
This is an opportunity to meet with other carers and find support and advice on your caring role.
Tea, Cake and a listening ear always available.
09/01/2018: Drop in session
23/01/2018: Self Care – Finding Balance and taking care of you
06/02/2018: Drop in session
20/02/2018: Nutrition: Common anxieties with advanced illness and practical tips
06/03/2018: Drop in session
20/03/2018: Supporting children when a loved one has advanced illness (TBC)
03/04/2018: Drop in session
17/04/2018: Creative Workshop
01/05/2018: Drop in session
Further information available from the Day Hospice on
If you think you would benefit but are having trouble getting along, please give us a call.
Victoria Day Hospice, Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5AH, Tel. 01592 648072