What are carer services?
Caring for someone with cancer can be a rewarding yet challenging experience. There are a range of services available to support you emotionally, physically and financially, to ensure your health and wellbeing.
Please note that many cancer support services are also available to carers, family and friends; it can be worth making an enquiry to find out.
Read more about caring for someone with cancer
Who is a carer?
You are a carer, or caregiver, if you provide ongoing unpaid care and support to a person who needs this assistance because of a disease such as cancer, a disability, mental illness or because they are ageing. You may be a partner, family member, child, friend or neighbour.
You might not see yourself as a carer, but as someone simply helping out a person in need. You may feel that caring is part of your relationship with the person affected, or you may feel pressured to be a carer out of a sense of duty.
Becoming a carer can be sudden or it may be a gradual process. You may provide care for a short time or over months or years. Care may be needed for a few hours a week or on a 24-hour basis, and the level of care you provide may change over time.
Questions to ask about this service
When looking at a service it is important to ask questions about how the service works before you decide to engage with them. Below is a list of questions you might like to ask when enquiring about a service.
Am I eligible?
How much will this cost me?
Is there a wait time?
What services do you offer?
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