Who is an adult carer ?

An adult carer is 18 years or older. They take responsibility for the care of relatives or friends who need help because of an illness, drug or alcohol misuse, disability or the effects of age. It is important that carers have a say on the type of caring the are comfortable with providing. The time spent caring should also not get in the way of being able to have the same opportunities as other people.

Adult Carer Support Plan

As an adult carer you have the choice to complete an Adult Carer Support Plan. The support plan gives you the opportunity to identify the following:

  • Your thoughts and feelings about caring
  • Your relationship with the cared for person
  • Your social and leisure activities
  • Your physical and mental health
  • Your education and work life goals
  • What would make things easier for you to carry out your caring role
  • What would help in the future if you were no longer able or willing to care.

For further information on Adult Carer Support Plans please contact your local Health and Social Care Partnership office or North Ayrshire Carers Centre.

North Ayrshire Carers Centre

The centre offers support with the following:

  • Information on any carers issues e.g. benefits, respite and transport

  • Advice on carers rights

  • Contact with other carers

  • Help with form-filling

  • Advocacy representing carers

  • 1:1 support

  • Relaxation in the form of alternative therapies, at locations throughout North Ayrshire. There is a charge for this service.

  • Support groups at various locations throughout North Ayrshire

  • Outreach

  • Training

  • Information on adult carers assessment

For more information, advice and support contact North Ayrshire Carers Centre, 174 High Street Irvine KA12 8AN