People who provide unpaid support to someone who relies on them are often referred to as ‘carers’. If this is you, or someone you know, then there is support available. This support can include practical advice, information, emotional support and someone to talk to or help in a crisis.
Anyone of any age can be a carer. People often become carers over time, as the needs of the person they support gradually increase, but it may happen suddenly as a result of an accident or illness. People care for their partners, parents, brothers, sisters, friends or children with additional needs. They often do this alongside work and other commitments. Caring, whilst often being rewarding, can also sometimes have an impact on the carer’s own health or wellbeing.
Our teams at Carers Count in Kirklees and Selby District of North Yorkshire provide a service that works with carers who are over the age of 16, and who are caring for an adult (someone over 18). Advocates can support with:
- The Carers Assessment process (including accessing assessments).
- Understanding carers' rights.
- Raising concerns or making complaints about health and social care services.
- Carers becoming more central to the decision-making process (e.g.about care packages or assessments) about the person they care for.
- Other issues that may arise as a result of the caring role e.g. respite services, benefits, housing, etc.