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Being a Carer

Carers often need support too. Find all you need to know, here.

Support for Carers

What is a carer?

"A Carer is a person who offers substantial and regular care to someone, who without it could not manage their daily living."

Carers provide regular and substantial unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.

For some people the caring role develops gradually, for others it happens suddenly as a result of an illness or an accident.

The term "Carer" should not be confused with a paid care worker, or care assistant, who receives a wage for looking after someone.

East Riding of Yorkshire Carers Advisory Group (CAG)

The Carers Advisory Group (CAG) was set up in 1996 following the Government’s recognition of the valuable work that Carers undertake and the contribution Carers make to the health and social care economy. We represent approximately 3500 Carers who are registered with the Carers Support Services in Beverley and over 45,000 hidden Carers within the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Carers Support Team

Caring for someone can be a rewarding experience; however it can be emotionally stressful and physically exhausting.

The Carers Support Team are a dedicated team to support adult carers who are caring for another adult. Their aim is to ensure that carers receive timely information and advice. Through a carers needs assessment the team will identify any services, support, information or advice that the carer needs to maintain their role and enable them have a 'life of their own'.

Support available for carers is personalised to their needs.

Individual services for carers may include:

  • Advice, information and emotional support - Carers Centre
  • Training
  • Carer Support Groups
  • Carers Individual One Off Payment (Subject to Criteria)

For further information you can call East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Carer Support Team on 0800 917 6844 (free when calling from a landline) or (01482) 396500 (recommended for mobile phones) or you can also contact us via email: ERCarers@eastriding.gov.uk

Carers who feel they may have a need for support can now complete an online assessment to find out what they are entitled to.

Any carer who appears to have a need for support can have an assessment regardless of the amount of time they spend caring, the type of care they provide, their financial means or the level of support that is potentially needed.

The self-assessment questionnaire covers a number of areas including: Your caring role and how it affects your life and wellbeing; your health – physical, mental and emotional issues; your feelings and choices about caring; work, study, training, and leisure; relationships, social activities and your goals; and planning for emergencies.

Anyone who does not have internet access at home can log onto Connect to Support at the Carers Support Service, with the help of the duty officer, or at any East Riding Library.

Age UK

Age UK East Riding offers a free, confidential and independent information and advice service to older people and their friends and carers.

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