You may be a carer if you look after someone who is a partner, relative or friend
and you get no payment for this. You might provide help like cooking, dressing and
If you are a carer you may be able to get a carer's allowance and help, such as
for you and the person you look after.
Other kinds of help may be available to you and the person you look after. These
include home care services and special equipment for the person you look after,
information on carer organisations and support services, and benefits advice.
To find out more, please contact your local
social work office.
Are you a carer?
Carers are people who provide care and support to family members, other relatives, friends and neighbours. The people they care for may be affected by disability, physical or mental health issues (often long-term), frailty, substance misuse or some other condition.
Some carers care intensively while others care for shorter periods. Some carers are life-long carers, while others may care for shorter periods of time.
A carer does not need to be living with the person they care for to be considered a carer. Anybody can become a carer at any time in their life and sometimes for more than one person at a time.
Like many carers you might not see yourself as a carer, but as a parent, child, wife, husband, partner, friend or neighbour.
More information about the support that may be available can be found in the Falkirk eligibility criteria for Unpaid Carers.
- Falkirk eligibility criteria for Unpaid Carers
If you think you are a carer and would like to know what help you may be able to get, please call us on:
Or you can contact Falkirk Carers Centre on:
What is a carer's allowance?
The carer’s allowance is a benefit for someone who cares for a person who is ill
or disabled. You do not need to be related to, or live with, the person that you
- Be over 16 years
- Spend 35 hours a week or more caring for someone
The person you care for must get certain benefits, such as Attendance Allowance
Disability Living Allowance, at the middle or highest care rate.
If you receive certain other benefits and these are more than the amount of the
Allowance, you may still qualify but you will not get any extra money.
If you are working, you can get Carer’s Allowance only if you earn less than £100
per week after tax and deductions.
If you are in full-time education for 21 hours or more a week you can’t get a carer’s
How to claim carer’s allowance
You will need to complete a claim form from the Carer's Allowance Unit.
If you would like a form, please contact the Carer's Allowance Unit:
How we will assess your needs as a carer
You can ask us for a carer’s assessment. We will discuss your support options with
you and provide you with the information you may need to help you in your caring
You may not have thought about how caring is affecting you. The assessment is an
opportunity to think about this and decide what would be best for you and the person
you care for.