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Carers' health and wellbeing

Caring for someone can be rewarding, but it can also have an impact on your physical and mental health. It's important to make sure you take time for yourself and look after your own health and wellbeing needs.

Carer's assessment

If you provide unpaid care to someone who cannot cope without your support, you can get a carer's assessment. The assessment is a conversation about your wellbeing and the support you need in your caring role. This includes support for your health and wellbeing.

Get a carer's assessment

Replacement care

The best way to support you might be to provide replacement care to the person you support.

Replacement care can last a couple of hours or longer.  It could involve support in the home, at a day centre, or a temporary stay in a residential or nursing care home.

To provide replacement care, we'll need to complete an assessment with the person you support. We'll consider what their care and support needs are and how it affects their wellbeing.

We can only provide replacement care if the person you support agrees to it.

How much does it cost?

If the person you care for is eligible for replacement care, they may need to pay something towards the cost. We'll carry out a financial assessment and benefits check to work out if they need to pay.

Request replacement care

To find out more about replacement care and getting an assessment, contact our social care team.

Carers breaks

Carers breaks provide a personalised, flexible break from caring. They're free, and can make it easier for you to have a life outside of caring, take more control of your life, and improve your wellbeing.

A break could give you time to enjoy your hobbies, exercise, learn a new skill, or meet up with friends.

Carers breaks are available from Carers Matter Norfolk. You will only be offered a carers break if the person you support is not already receiving replacement care.

Find out more about carers breaks

When your caring role ends or changes

Your caring role may change over time, and may come to an end. This could be because the person you care for has recovered, can no longer be cared for at home, or because they have died.

You can get information and advice to support you if your caring role changes or ends from Carers UK.

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