As the situation with Coronavirus evolves, it’s important to know what support is available to you as a carer, if you are unpaid and caring for family, neighbours or friends, who cannot manage without your vital support.
Are you new to a caring role? Have your caring duties changed recently? Do you need to talk to someone about your caring role?
Carer support gives you the opportunity to find out about help available locally and to help make plans for the future.
General information for carers
Information for Doncaster carers
Please contact Doncaster Carer Reach Out Service during office times (or if outside office hours leave a message and they will call you back) on 01302 986900 or 07713 089 678. You can also email DoncasterCarers@makingspace.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @CarersDoncaster or search Facebook for Doncaster Carer Reach Out Service.
The links below hold vital information to help and assist you at this time.
Doncaster Council can provide Carer’s Needs Assessments for any carer over 18 years old who is looking after person or persons over 18 years old who are disabled, ill or elderly. It is an opportunity to record the impact caring has on your life and what support or services you need. The assessment will consider physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring.
Anyone can become a carer, carers can be of any age, from any background. Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer as they feel its ‘what they do’ e.g. looking after one or both parents, their child who has additional needs (who may now be an adult), best friend or neighbour.
Examples of caring can be made up of a single or combination of the following;
- Emotional support like listening and talking
- Household chores like cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing or shopping
- Medical care such as helping with medicine dosages or delivery
- Personal care like feeding, getting to the toilet, washing and dressing
- Physical care ensuring the person can move around their home.
A Carers Needs Assessment can be completed with you in your own right even if the person you care for is not in receipt of care an support through Adult Social Care. Or you can have a joint assessment as a carer with the person you care for if they are known.
Please contact Doncaster Adult Social Services and Wellbeing Team on 01302 737391 between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. The person who takes your call will make contact with the locality team in your area. This team will make contact with you to arrange a time with you complete your Carers Needs Assessment.