Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid help and support to
another person who could not cope without their help. This could be
due to age, physical or mental illness, disability or
A carer may be a partner, child, relative, friend or
neighbour. Carers will be of all ages and situations. For
example, a young carer who cares for a
parent or sibling or a parent carer of
a disabled child.
A carer often does not realise they are a carer and can struggle
to tell someone they are finding it difficult to cope. A
carer is not necessarily the closest relative of a patient or their
next of kin.
Information for Carers leaflet
see here for information for young carers
If you (the carer) are admitted to hospital
There may be times when you will need to go into hospital for a
period of time to receive treatment. If possible, it is best
to plan ahead to ensure arrangements are put in place so that the
person you care for can continue to receive support. If the
person you care for lives in Bristol please call Care Direct on
0117 922 2700 and if they live in South Gloucestershire please call
the adult care team at South Gloucestershire Council on 01454
If you need to go into hospital in an emergency out of hours you
can access support through the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615 165
who cover both South Gloucestershire and Bristol.
Carers Emergency Card can also ensure the safety of the person
you care for if you have an accident or emergency.