Who is a carer?
The term ‘carer’ is used here to describe an unpaid person who provides, or intends to provide, practical and/or emotional support to someone with physical and/or mental ill health. You may, or may not, live with the person you care for. You may be a parent, partner, other relative, friend or neighbour.
Somerset Foundation Trust has a commitment to carers along side the NHS long term plan.
The purpose of this charter is to set out our commitment to recognising and supporting you in your crucial role as a carer. It contains four principles, which are described in detail here. By following these key principles, health and social care professionals will support you while your relative is receiving services from Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. This, in turn, should improve the care of your partner, relative or friend.
Who can help me?
If you are caring for someone with a mental health condition please click the link to access information on the carers assessment service.
If you are caring for someone with a physical health condition please click the link to access Community Council for Somerset.