Adult carers are people aged 18 or over, who offer regular, substantial help to a relative, neighbour, or friend who is elderly, ill or has a disability, and are not employed to do so.
Our customer services centre staff will help you decide what you may need and who to contact. They can put you in touch with our specialist social care staff, who will look at what extra help may be needed.
Support for you as a carer
We can provide support, including:
- A carer assessment which can help us ensure you get the support you need, including any financial help you may be entitled to;
- Access to the North Yorkshire carers' forum so that you can have your views heard;
- An explanation of your rights as a carer;
- A direct carer's support grant;
- Advice with looking after your health as a carer;
- Help for carers who need support to continue working and caring from our supported employment service; the service can also provide support with accessing training and employment;
- The carer's emergency card which will identify you as a carer if you have an accident or are unable to identify yourself, so that the person you care for will receive emergency support; and
- Information about respite care, that can give carers of adults a break from caring.
Support from other organisations
There are many organisations in North Yorkshire which support carers, including carers' centre and carers' resources, which give practical and emotional support. For more details, see the carers' centres in North Yorkshire page.