Providing valuable support for Carers

Carers provide substantial, unpaid support to individuals who need extra help to manage day-to-day life. Carers may not live in the same house and they do not have to be related to the person they look after. Most Carers are happy to look after relations or friends, but sometimes they need extra support to continue in their caring role.

Caring for someone covers lots of different things, like helping with washing, dressing, eating or taking someone to regular appointments. Cheshire West Carers Support Service provides information, advice, support and services to Carers.

For initial enquiries, please call the helpline on

0300 102 0008

Who is a Carer?

A Carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. The Carer may be an adult, child or young person. The Carer may be helping with:

  • personal care, such as washing and dressing;
  • going to the toilet, or dealing with incontinence;
  • eating;
  • taking medicines;
  • getting about at home or outside;
  • practical help at home, keeping them company; or
  • emotional support or communicating.

All Carers who provide care to someone are entitled to an assessment on their own or with the person they care for, regardless of how much caring they do.

Do you need to download a carer referral form?

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