- Who are carers?
- How we help carers
- Financial support for carers
- Carer's Parking Permit
- Flu Vaccination for Carers
- Further information
Please visit the Carers Assessment page for more information on how carers can get an assessment of their needs and extra support with their caring responsibilities.
A carer is someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day-to-day life. This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally, or through a voluntary organisation. Carers are adults and children who take care of adults or disabled children and they are unpaid. The caring role can be stressful, and isolating. Carers provide care to people who are ill, frail or living with a disability and who cannot manage without them.
The term 'carer' should not be confused with a paid care worker, who receives payment for looking after someone.
The Care Act relates mostly to adult carers – people over 18 who are caring for another adult. This is because young carers (aged under 18) and adults who care for disabled children can be assessed and supported under children’s law.
However, the regulations under the Act allow us to make rules about looking at family circumstances when assessing an adult’s need for care, which means, for example, making sure that the position of a young carer within a family would not be overlooked. The Act also makes new rules about working with young carers, or adult carers of disabled children, to plan an effective and timely move to adult care and support.
The cared-for person must live in Haringey, although carers may live inside or outside the borough.
If you care for, or intend to care for, an adult who is disabled, ill or an older person, you are entitled to a Carer's Assessment. This will give you the opportunity to discuss any help you need with caring and maintaining your own health and well-being.
We aim to support carers in Haringey to care and to live a better life. We do this by working in partnership with the health service to deliver a wide range of services and advice.
As part of it's ongoing commitment to recognise and support carers, Haringey council keeps a Carers Register. Anyone who is an adult and provides unpaid care to an adult can register as a carer. By keeping a register we get to know more about the needs of carers in Haringey and take these into account when planning and arranging services
HAIL Carer's Outreach Service now open. It has a drop in twice a week to provide somewhere where carers can access information and advice.
You may be entitled to a Carer’s Allowance is £62.10 a week to help you look after someone with substantial caring needs. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for.
- To check your eligibility and apply visit GOV.UK's Carer's Allowance page (external link)
If you live in a controlled parking zone you can apply for a Carer's parking permit
If you look after an older or disabled person whose welfare would be at risk if you caught the flu, you can get a free NHS flu vaccination. You can get this from your GP or pharmacist. For more information see Carers and Flu Vaccinations Key Facts 2016 (PDF, 85KB).
For further information about support and services available to carers in Haringey, please contact the Integrated Access Team:
- Tel 020 8489 1400
- Email IAT@haringey.gov.uk
- SMS Text IAT to 80818 (charged at standard rate depending on provider and subscriber’s package)
- Integrated Access Team
225 Station Road
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