You are a carer if:-
- you look after someone who is ill, disabled, elderly or frail, and this person depends on you for their needs, care and support
- the help and support you give is unpaid.
Many people are carers without even knowing it. Once you realise that you are a carer you could get the support and information you are entitled to. This could include practical or emotional support, or help to claim suitable benefits.
Getting the help you need the first step
You can get in touch with Carers Count, who provide services especially for carers, across Kirklees. These services include:
- a listening ear
- quality advice and information including about services and local support groups and activities
- access to training and courses see our Free courses for carers
- a carers newsletter
- helping carers have a voice and be heard through the advocacy service and the carers network
Any carer contacting and using the service can expect;
- to be listened to and taken seriously
- to be treated with respect
- to be supported in a way that meets their individual needs.
Contact Carers Count
Carer's assessment and eligibility for support
If you provide care and support to an adult friend or family member you may be eligible for support from the Council.
A carer's assessment is an opportunity to discuss with Adult Services what support or services you need. The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including for example, physical, mental and emotional needs, and whether you are able or willing to carry on caring.
For more information see Carer's assessment and eligibility for support section.
Care and support guide
NHS Choices care and support guide gives you national guidance on carers and life events, money and legal, carers rights, caring issues, respite care and breaks.