North Ayrshire Council defines a carer as:
'individuals of all ages who provide or intend to provide on a regular basis, significant or substantial caring tasks, including assistance or support to a friend, relative or neighbour without receiving payment' (North Ayrshire Carers' Strategy 2013-18)
What supports can carers provide?
A carer could provide assistance with:
- personal care, such as washing and dressing
- prompting or administering medication
- practical tasks, such as shopping or cooking
- acting on the person’s behalf through letters, phone calls and emails
- accompanying them to appointments
Why do people require care?
People require care for a variety of reasons including:
- frailty as a result of old age
- physical disability
- long term health conditions
- learning disabilities
- mental ill-health
- terminal health conditions
When does a parent become a carer?
For some parents of children with specific needs such as physical or learning disabilities, their caring role extends beyond commonly accepted parental responsibilities – we call this additionality of care.
North Ayrshire Carers Centre
174 High Street
Tel: 01294 311 333
Fax: 01294 311 492