Carers are people who look after a friend or relative who manage at home without help because of physical or learning disability, mental illness or whose health is impaired by sickness or old age. This includes:
- parent carers of a disabled child and
- young carers looking after an older member of the family
Wakefield Council, working with carers, have developed a Carers Strategy for the Wakefield District (see 'Downloads' for a copy). Organisations are now working together to help carers, and develop work practices and services that support them.
If you care for someone you may be entitled to a Carers assessment. This assessment will focus on you as the carer and you may receive some support to help you with your caring role. To find out more about this contact Social Care Direct, telephone number 0845 8503 503, or by using the Social Care Direct link.
The Council also work with Carers Wakefield and District to provide support and information for those people who are carers and for professionals who work with carers.
For more information about services for carers within Wakefield see the links below.