Tap into the range of support we offer, to make life that bit easier for you and the person you care for.
We provide you with information on the support you're entitled to, helping you access it. You can also take advantage of our social activities and sitting service, giving you a chance to take a break, relax and chat with other Carers. Once in a while, we're also able to share special offers kindly donated to us by local organisations - from event tickets to hotel breaks.
The first step is to get in touch with us. We'll arrange to meet you to discuss your needs. We do an assessment to determine the support you're entitled to and get the ball rolling for you. We're also here just to meet you for an informal chat.
Meet Sue... she's from Penrith. This is her experience of being a Carer and how the support we've offered her has helped.
We offer you free confidential support and information:
We'll help you with any questions you have about caring. Here are just some of the topics we've helped Carers get answers on:
See our latest Adult Newsletter.
Did you know you legally are required to notify the DVLA after a dementia diagnosis? However, it doesn't mean you will automatically have to give up your license. Read the factsheet Driving With Dementia for more information.
Technology can also help make life as a carer easier. Helping someone live independently longer or giving you peace of mind when you aren't there.
Sometimes it helps just to find out more information on being a carer. The Carers Trust has a range of information online, Carers Trust Website
Being a carer can be emotionally tough for all sorts of reasons, and finding support when you need it is not always easy. As part of its support package to carers, Cumbria County Council has funded an online counselling service for Adult carers (18 and onwards) and their family and for those being cared for.
We work on a referral basis. You can refer yourself by phoning or popping into the office. You can also ask a relative or a professional like your GP or care provider to contact us on your behalf.
Once we have basic information about yourself and the Cared For, one of our trained Support Workers will come and visit you in your home, or arrange a meeting here at our offices, whichever you prefer.
If you are aged 18+, you are legally entitled to a Carers Assessment which identifies your own needs (emotional and physical) as a Carer; we do that Assessment with you.
From that Assessment we work with you drawing up a support plan plan for yourself, which could involve some respite care, information and / or involvement of other agencies.
We are here to listen and in times of crisis provide some practical advise and emotional support.
See our local directory of services which may be of use to you:
Cumbria County Council maintains the most up to date information on support available to Carers. Including;
The NHS has produced a booklet to help you if you look after a friend or family member relevant to those who are 65 years or older and are new to Caring.