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Carers

Are you looking after someone and need some help?

At any point in time 1 in 7 people in Scotland is caring for someone. 3 out of 5 of us will care for someone at some point in our lives. Carers can be of any age and from any background.

A carer is anyone who looks after a relative, friend or partner who cannot manage without help. This may be because of illness, frailty or disability. They may or may not live in the same house.

What help is available?

Our NHS staff will provide you with much of the information you need to help you in your caring role. Please think about the questions you may have and our staff will be happy to discuss these with you.

Additional support can be found at your local carers service. Local carers services offer help and support to assist you in providing care such as:

  • Information and advice
  • Emotional support
  • Money advice
  • Access to education, training and employment support opportunities
  • Access to short breaks from providing care

This can be a one-off enquiry or longer term help and support.

How can you access your local carers service?

Local carers services are available across Scotland and the UK. To find information about your local carers service anywhere in Scotland please contact:

The Carers Information Line on 0141 353 6504 

Email: [email protected]

Alternatively you can ask a member of our staff for a copy of our Carers Information Booklet.