A carer is someone who helps a family member, friend, neighbour with day to day living activities.
There is no "job description or minimum requirements" for being a carer and the level of care given varies and depends on the needs to the person receiving the care and what the person providing the care can do.
It can be helping with shopping, cooking or just popping in to make sure everything is okay to having someone completely dependent on you for all their needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and everything else inbetween.
Being a carer can last for a few weeks while someone is recuperating from an operation or illness to long term caring for someone with an ongoing condition.
Helping someone you care for can be a rewarding experience but it can at times be stressful, mentally and physically exhausting and sometimes isolating.
The doctors, nurses and support staff are committed to supporting carers in the vital role that they undertake.
If you are currently a carer or undertake a carers role please let us know and let us help you access the services available to support you.
Your local Carers Office details:
Carers Centre: Bank Chambers, 1a Bank Street, Falkirk FK1 1NB 01324 611510
Alloa Office: Ludgate House Resource Centre, Mar Place, Alloa 01259 226839
Information from the Princess Royal Trust for Carers:
The Princess Royal Trust Carers Centre is dedicated to the provision of information and support to carers and former carers in the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire areas.
Information is given over the telephone, by appointment, at the Alloa office or on a home visit with help to support carers. For example benefits, grants and funding, short breaks and holidays and community care services.
We offer support and activities for young carers
A regular newsletter covering issues of interest to carers
A carers welcome pack
A carers befriending service and telephone befriending service
An opportunity to have a say in the development of services for carers
Contact with other carers through regular group meetings, activities, training and social events