Support for family, friends and carers
You may not think of yourself as a ‘carer’ but if you are a partner, relative or friend of someone who has a stroke, and involved in their care this term applies to you. Carers, whatever your age or circumstances, need information, practical help and support. Your encouragement and support, combined with the right professional guidance, can make a big difference to the person you care for.
As a carer it is important that you feel supported and able to cope. We are here to support you as well as the person you care for.
- You can talk, in confidence, to one of our Advice Line Nurses.
- We can support the person you care for in your community through our Community Stroke Services, Stroke Nurses and Young Stroke Support Worker.
- We can provide support and information to help the person you care for live with their stroke: providing practical information and coping mechanisms.
- Find out how to make healthy changes so that you can look after yourself and reduce your risk of stroke.
- Find out about our online resource specifically for carers: Stroke4Carers.
- Find out about Carer information sessions and a DVD resource if you live in Fife.
- You can order / download health information resources: including free booklets and factsheets.
- Find out what financial support is available for you: including CHSS Personal Support Grants.
- Information about other support in your community.
If the person you care for is eligible for an assessment of their care needs, and you provide a substantial part of their care, you have a right to a separate assessment of your own needs under the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995.
The Carers Act does not give carers the right to services for themselves. But it does mean that carers can ask for their views, and any needs or difficulties in coping with caring, to be taken into account when deciding what services will be provided for the person needing care.
Some social services departments do offer specific support to carers, but what is available varies from area to area.