Caring is rarely something you can plan for. Today, one in ten people in the UK are carers – that’s six million people. But over the next 30 years, as more of us live for longer, the number of carers will increase by 3.4 million.
Anyone could be a carer – a 15 year-old girl looking after her terminally ill mother, a 40 year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer, or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer’s disease. Carers all make enormous sacrifices, often putting aside their education, careers, social lives, and even their health, in order to care.
Three in five people will become a carer in their lifetime. One day, either you or someone you are close to, may need support.
If you provide ‘regular and substantial’ care for someone over 18, you have the right to a carer’s assessment from the social services department at your local council, (see telephone numbers in this leaflet). This is a chance to discuss what help you need as a carer.
There are many places in the South Wales area that offer help, advice and support. Below are a list of helpful numbers for carer’s centre’s, social services, Macmillan support lines and Tenovus support lines.
Health in Wales/carers website http://www.wales.nhs.uk/carers
Macmillan support line: Freephone 0808 808 00 00
Velindre Welfare Rights Advisor 02920 615888 and ask for the welfare rights team
Tenovus support line: Freephone 0808 808 1010
Tenovus money advice: Freephone 0808 808 1010
Carer’s UK Advice line: Freephone 0808 808 7777
Carers Centres offer help, support and information on a wide range of matters to anyone caring for a person affected by cancer, as well as organising social events to give carers the chance to meet others in a similar position.
The services offered include:
Crossroads Care in the Vale
Vale of Glamorgan
Opening times: 9-4 Tel: 02920 700057
Crossroads Care Mid
& West Wales
Opening times: 9-5 Tel: 01874 610900
Bridgend Carers Centre
Bridgend County Borough
Opening times: 9-5 Tel: 01656 658479
Opening times: 9-4 Tel: 01267 220046
Adult carers who have a regular and substantial caring role have the right to a free Assessment of their needs, carried out by Social Services. The Carer's Needs Assessment is specifically about your needs and not the person you care for.
Many carers have a Carer's Needs Assessment at about the same time as the person they care for is getting their needs assessed. But you can ask for a Carer's Needs Assessment at any time, even if the person you care for doesn't want any help from Social Services, or if they are already getting help.
If you already have contact with a social worker please speak to them regarding a Carers Needs Assessment, if not please contact our Adult Services.
Useful telephone numbers for Social Services for carers support:
Social Services Caerphilly Tel: 01443 864604
Social Services Cardiff Tel: 02920 234234
Social Services RCT Tel: 01443 425003
Social Services Vale Tel: 01446 700111
Social Services Bridgend Tel: 01656 643643
Social Services Gwent Tel: 01495 311556
Contact telephone numbers for Velindre
Patient Information Manager
For information on local support groups
And information for carers: 029 2019 6132
Velindre Cancer Centre: 029 2061 5888
Pharmacy department: 029 2061 5888 ext 6223
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm for queries about your medicines
Tenovus freephone : 0808 808 1010
The information contained in this leaflet is evidence based.
It has been approved by doctors, nurses and patients. It is reviewed and updated every 2 years.