Support for carers

A carer may be a relative or friend of someone who needs (or will need) help and support to manage their life due to:

  • illness
  • disability
  • a mental health problem
  • a substance misuse problem

You might be an adult, or still at school. Exceptions are:

  • where the cared-for person is under 18 and is receiving care proportionate to their age
  • where you are paid to provide the care you give

Full definitions of “Carer”, “Young Carer” and “Adult Carer” can be found in the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.

Examples of support

The following are examples of the support you may receive. Some support may be provided by external agencies:

  • information and advice
  • breaks from caring by providing support for the person you care for
  • emergency and future care planning
  • emotional and practical support to help you carry on caring
  • an emergency carers' card, which would let others know that you regularly provide care for someone if you were involved in an emergency
  • occupational therapy services such as disability advice, special equipment and household adaptations
  • welfare benefits advice

If you would like to find out more about support for carers contact a care manager if you have one. If you don't, call First Contact on 01307 475242 or email firstcontact@angus.gov.uk.

Adult carer support plans and young carer statements

If you are a carer you can ask for an Adult Carer Support Plan or a Young Carer Statement, as outlined in the Scottish Government's Carers' Charter.

For more information contact Angus Carers Centre. Their Young Carers website has information for carers aged 8 to 18.

Local Eligibility Criteria have been developed in partnership with carers and their representative organisations. The document outlines the process that will be followed to determine your needs and whether there is a duty or a power to provide support to meet them. It will ensure a clear and transparent process to determine eligibility so that carers are appropriately supported.