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Carers provide regular, unpaid help to someone close to them due to frailty, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.

Carers may help with:

  • personal care (washing, bathing, dressing, feeding)
  • medication
  • cooking
  • shopping
  • housework
  • emotional support

Many people do not recognise themselves as carers. Carers can be any age; they are parents, grandparents, children, partners, friends or neighbours doing what needs to be done to maintain the quality of life for someone close to them.

Help for carers

People who care for others may not realise that support is also available to help them, see information about:

Download factsheets for carers from York Carers Centre.

Assessment of your needs as a carer

A carer's assessment looks at your caring situation and checks that your needs are taken into account. It helps to identify the physical, emotional and practical impact that caring has on your life. You'll be asked about the kind of support the person you care for needs, and what help you might need to provide it, as well as how to look after your own health and wellbeing.

Download a carer's assessment form from York Carers Centre.

York Carers Strategy

York Carers Strategy 2019-2024 details how we'd like to see the lives of carers improved in coming years; it’s been written by a group of people from health and social care organisations, including the council, healthcare professionals, charities, families, and carers themselves.

Also see

Adult Social Care Community Team

Telephone: 01904 555111, Textphone: 07534 437804

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Adult Social Care Emergency Duty Team

Contact the Emergency Duty Team for assistance.

We're available between 5.00pm and 8.30am, Monday to Friday, 24 hours a day over weekends (between 5.00pm Friday until 8.30am Monday), and 24 hours on bank holidays.

Telephone: 0300 131 2131