Why access support?
Carers can be reluctant to seek support and take up their entitlements, yet local services would be unable to cope without the care and support that unpaid carers in Norfolk provide. It was estimated in 2015 that the care provided in Norfolk by unpaid cares would cost £1.9 billion a year if it had to be paid for by public services.
Carers we work with say that they find it difficult to think themselves as a ‘carer’; they’re a son or daughter, husband or wife, relation or friend or neighbour to the person they’re looking after. This means that carers will often delay in seeking support until they, or the people they’re caring for, reach crisis. Getting information, advice and support at the earliest stage possible can enable you to care with confidence, promote positive wellbeing and keep you and the person you care for living well in the community.