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Looking after someone

If you look after a family member, including a child with additional needs, a parent or a sibling, or you look after a friend on a regular basis you are classed as a carer or a young carer.

You can also find information and advice for carers and young carers, and the range of services that will give you support or a break from caring.

Information and guidance

Advice for carers

This section contains details about organisations that provide support, advice and time off for carers. Organisations focus on issues, including dementia and mental health problems.

Breaks for Carers

Replacement Care is a service provided to the person you care for to allow you to take a break. This could be a service at home, or sometimes elsewhere.

Carer support

This section contains the details of charities and support groups, who seek to mentor, advise and help carers get the benefits they're entitled to. Other support groups listed include memory cafes and groups for people suffering from long term illnesses.

Carers UK - The voice of UK carers

Carers UK is the voice of carers. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Carers give so much to society yet as a consequence of caring, they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination. 

Devon County Council Adult Social Care and Health Factsheets

We have changed the way we provide some of our public information. Our customers have told us that it is more important for them to have the most current facts available to download and print, as and when they need, rather than relying on supplies…

Devon County Council Information for Carers

If you look after an adult friend or family member you may be a carer. You’re a carer if you’re providing unpaid support to a family member or friend who can’t manage without your help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend…

Looking after someone

If you look after a family member, including a child with additional needs, a parent or a sibling, or you look after a friend on a regular basis you are classed as a carer or a young carer. You can also find information and advice…

Respite opportunities

Help for families/carers to find services suitable to look after their loved ones so they can take a break or have a holiday. 

Short breaks

Help for families/carers to find services suitable to look after their loved ones so they can take a short break. 

Sitting services

Search for a sitting service to give you a few hours away from the person you care for and grant you some time for your own needs. 
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