Home Adult social care and health Help in your own home What to do if a child or young person is looking after you You may be able to get help at home for you and your child if they're spending a lot of time caring for you. How to tell if your child is a young carerYour child is a young carer if they’re 19 years old or younger. They may be regularly helping you or another family member.They may: help you or someone else to get up, get washed and dressed or go to the toiletdo lots of household chores like shopping and cleaningstay at home a lot to keep you company or to look after brothers and sistersmanage the family’s budget, collect benefits and prescriptionshelp you with moving around your home or with physiotherapyhelp you manage your medicationcook your mealsYou can get help for you and your child.Get help at homeYou can get help at home with things like:getting in and out of bedwashing and dressinggoing to the toiletmoving around your homemeals and drinksContact Adult Social Care to ask for help at home.Adult Social CareTelephone: 0116 305 0004Email: adultsandcommunitiesCSC@leics.gov.ukWe will do an assessment to find out about your situation and what changes you’d like to make in your life. We will usually visit you at home.You can get someone who is independent of the council to advise you or speak for you during your assessment.Help for young carersYour child can get help with school, getting a job or training if they’re a carer.Young Carer ID cardYou can apply for a free Young Carer ID card for your child to use when they go with you to hospital, the doctor and other health appointments or if you’re staying in hospital.The card will identify your child as your carer to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who will tell them about:your medication – what you’re getting and the effects it can haveyour condition or illness and answer their questions about itwhat might happen in the future with your illness or disability (your prognosis)what should happen when you leave hospital and include them in any discussionsBarnardo’s CareFree ProjectBarnardo’s CareFree Project can help you get all the help you’re entitled to. They can also help your child to:take time away from caringtry out new activitiesfind someone to talk tomeet other young carersget the help they may need at school or in getting a jobapply for grants for things such as school equipment or activitiesgo on holidaysBarnardo’s CareFree ProjectTelephone or text: 0116 286 7182Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Help us improve this page Hide content Was this page helpful? Yes It was helpful, but Please select a reasonthere's a broken link it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other No Please select a reasonit didn't answer my question it's not detailed enough it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other Details Email address We’ll only use this to ask for more detail if we need to.