What is a carer?
A carer is anyone who helps and supports somebody who due to an illness, disability or mental health problem, cannot cope without their support.
The person you care for could be a:
- husband, wife or partner
- family member such as a parent, brother, sister, son or daughter
- friend or neighbour
This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally or through a voluntary organisation.
What carers do
The support you provide could be:
- washing and dressing
- shopping and food preparation
- helping with laundry or housework
- taking someone to regular appointments
- keeping someone company
- helping someone take medication
Many people are carers without knowing it.
Once you recognise that you are a carer, you can get the support and information you need. This could include practical, emotional or financial support.
Help and support for carers
You can use our website to find more information about: