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Many people do not see themselves as carers, but rather as family members or friends, and do not realise that they may be able to get financial and practical help from the Isle of Wight County Council, health services and voluntary organisations.

To see if you can get practical help from the Council, you’ll need them to carry out a carer’s assessment. All carers are entitled to this.

The carer’s assessment looks at how caring affects your life and work, and how you can carry on doing the things that are important to you and your family. A carer’s assessment isn’t an exam – you won’t be judged on whether the care you give is good enough.

Carers IW offer a range of services and support to unpaid adult carers of adults. The Carers IW team provides information, support and advocacy to adults who look after another adult.

People Matter IW operate an Independent Living Centre (ILC) located in Newport, it helps people to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible by providing information and advice and the opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ across a wide range of aids and equipment. The ILC runs clinics and provides access to an NHS OT for assessment of need, all hour-long appointments on a Monday and Wednesday are provided free, attention and support is paid to those who look after someone. Carer’s are signposted to other organisations who can help via the ILC. Assessment of the needs of the carer is carried out if someone calls into the centre as well as during the hour-long appointment if they accompany the person they care for.

Looking after someone with Cancer

You may find some of the information from MacMillan Nurses useful.

Looking after someone with Dementia

NHS Choices offers detailed online advice or you may like to visit one of the local Alzheimer Cafes for more local help and support.

Looking after someone with mental health problems

If you support someone with a mental health problem, you may face slightly different or extra challenges. MIND lists some of these challenges along with tips and suggestions that have helped other people.

Looking after a child

Fostering & adoption