If you look after someone you love or care about, you may not consider yourself a carer. Caring is something we do as parents, partners, family and friends; often without question or the need for a label. You could be a 17-year-old looking after a parent with an alcohol problem, a mother looking after a child with a disability, or a husband caring for his wife who has Alzheimer’s disease.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who cannot manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.
3 in 5 of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. It can happen at any time and have a huge impact on a person’s life, not only affecting them, but the whole family. It can be positive and rewarding, but it can also be challenging, tiring and isolating. It may also affect your finances and ability to study or work.
There are over 4,000 unpaid carers in the Salisbury Community Area, but we know there are many more.
Carer Support Wiltshire does. We are a local charity who can help you access all the information and support you might need. We also offer one to one and group support, carer cafes, social outings, pampering sessions and counselling.
If you think you might be a carer, contact us today on Freephone 0800 181 4118 or visit our website at www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk