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What is a carer?

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. It is not the same as someone who provides care professionally or through a voluntary organisation.

It can be difficult for carers to see their caring role as separate from the relationship they have with the person for whom they care, whether that relationship is as a parent, child, sibling, partner, or a friend.

It’s likely that every one of us will have caring responsibilities at some time in our lives with the challenges faced by carers taking many forms. Many carers juggle their caring responsibilities with work, study and other family commitments. Some, in particular younger carers, are not known to be carers. They don’t tell relatives, friends or health and care professionals about their responsibilities because of a fear of separation, guilt, pride or other reasons.

Carers may help with:

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

They may not realise that support is available to help them.

Last updated: 14/03/2022