From November 1st 2009 Crossroads Care South West have been running an enabling one-to-one service for Carers in Torbay. Carers are offered the opportunity to have a personalised service tailored to their needs through a process of self assessment.
A Carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. Carers may even be juggling paid work with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home. The term Carer should not be confused with a care worker, or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone.