Support for Unpaid Carers
Unpaid carers are like the unsung heroes of our community, doing something truly amazing! They’re the people who step up to provide essential care and love to their family members and friends who need it most. Caring for someone with FOP often brings a significant number of challenges, which change daily.
At FOP Friends, we are carers ourselves, so recognise the world of difference these unpaid carers make. Unpaid carers offer both a shoulder to lean on and a helping hand. We also recognise the stress and demands it places on the carer themselves, and their family and relationships.
We have collected together a list of charities which offer support, advice, grants, and respite care, for those helping others.
If you are an unpaid carer, it is crucial for you to look after your own well-being so you are able to continue to care for the one you love. If you ever feel like things are getting too much, please remember to reach out and ask for help. There are more websites on caring for your mental wellbeing over on this page: www.fopfriends.com/mental-wellbeing-for-all/
You do not need to cope alone.
If you don’t receive any support for your caring role, if you need more help, or if you are unsure that what you are doing qualifies you as an unpaid carer, then you should first arrange a Carer’s Assessment.
Local authorities offer services and support for unpaid carers. They will complete a carer’s assessment to see what they can provide to best meet your needs.
Google your local authority to find out what is available in your area. You will need to contact your adult social care service. If you would like some support with this, please get in touch.
This page on the NHS outlines what services and support they can provide for unpaid carers. It also explains the carer’s assessment process.
It explains who is defined as a ‘carer’ and gives suggestions about how to prepare for your assessment.
There are links to other organisations which also offer support. www.nhs.uk
For young carers, visit: NHS Young Carers