Carers may receive different support depending on the care they provide and who they care for. There are four main types of carer:
- adult carers – if you are an adult who provides care for another adult who needs care and support, then you are an adult carer. Parents caring for their child who is over the age of 18 are also adult carers.
- parent carers – if you look after your own child who has a disability and is under the age of 18, then you are a parent carer.
- young adult carers – if you are aged 18 – 24 years and provide unpaid care, assistance, or support to a family member who has care and support needs then you are a young adult carer.
- young carers – if you are a child or young person under the age of 18 who looks after someone with care and support needs, for example, a parent, sibling, or other relative, then you are a young carer.
How you can get help
If you need help or support in your caring role, visit our get a carer’s assessment page, which tells you how to get your needs assessed.
In partnership with adult carers, parent carers and young adult carers, we have produced a Carers Plan on a Page.pdf to clearly outline local actions needed to support people with unpaid caring responsibilities in County Durham.
We have also produced a Young Carers Plan On A Page.pdf in partnership with young carers, to support those under the age of 18 who may have caring responsibilities.