Support for Adult Carers

There is support available to help carers in East Lothian with their caring responsibilities.

There are an estimated 14,584 carers in East Lothian. While some are in a formal, paid position, others may provide unpaid extra assistance for a friend, relative or neighbour who cannot manage themselves due to illness, age or frailty. Some people may not even view themselves as a carer.

Support for carers

If you are over 16 and have a caring role, either formal or informal, you may be able access additional services from adult social care. Following an assessment, we will work to provide you with advice or practical support to meet your needs. These assessments are called Adult Carer Support Plans.

About Adult Carer Support Plans

The support plans will help you to think the following:

  • Quality of Life
  • Managing the Caring Role
  • Planning for the future
  • Finances and Benefits
  • Emotional and practical support

Information you provide in the support plan will help us determine what support you may need. If your needs meet our carers eligibility criteria you may be entitled to a budget for support in your own right.

How to complete an Adult Carer Support Plan

You can choose to complete the support plan with a social worker, with your local carer organisation (Carers of East Lothian) or we can send you one to complete independently.