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Information for Carers of Friends and Family

The homepage for Plymouth's Carers of Friends and Family with links to useful information and documents. Includes carer's assessments and how to register as a carer.

Carers' breaks and respite care

Respite care means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else.

Help for parent carers of disabled children

If you're over 18 and looking after a disabled child that you have parental responsibility for, you can ask the council for a parent carer's needs assessment.

How do I register as disabled?

As there is no longer a national register of disabled people, technically you don't need to register as disabled.

How to feed someone you care for

If you're a carer, try to make sure the person you care for eats and drinks well. Eating a limited diet or not getting enough food can lead to malnutrition.

How to help someone you care for keep clean

Keeping yourself or someone you care for clean is essential. Poor hygiene can cause discomfort, skin complaints and infections, and can lower self-esteem.

How to move, lift and handle someone else

If you look after someone who has an illness or disability, you may need to help them move around.

How to deal with challenging behaviour in adults

A person's behaviour can be defined as "challenging" if it puts them or those around them (such as their carer) at risk, or leads to a poorer quality of life.

Giving someone power of attorney

If you're aged 18 or older and have the mental ability to make financial, property and medical decisions for yourself, you can arrange for someone else to make these decisions for you in the future.


Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation - and it can have a serious effect on health.

Mental Health Carers - Livewell Southwest

If you support someone with a mental health problem, you may face slightly different or extra challenges.

How to care for a disabled child

Caring for a disabled child can make your daily parenting duties, such as feeding, toilet training and getting them to sleep, more challenging.

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