If you provide support to a family member, friend or neighbour on a regular basis you are a ‘carer’, often referred to as an ‘unpaid carer’ or ‘informal carer’. Shetland Islands Council has developed a strategy that looks to support carers as equal partners in the support of the cared for person.
As a carer you are entitled amongst other things to an assessment in your own right. This assessment will help to identify what you need to be able to continue within your role as a carer.
We will also help identify what should happen in an emergency should you suddenly not be able to continue with your caring role. To most carers this is essential planning in order to relieve anxiety.
There are also other groups and services that we can signpost you to in order to support your role. For further information on support available for carers, go to www.shetlandcarers.org