Are you a carer?
A Carer can be anyone, of any age, who provides unpaid care and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, or affected by substance misuse.
The help that Carers provide is unpaid and therefore does not include an individual who provides care by virtue of a contract of employment or as a volunteer for an Agency.
Anybody can be a Carer regardless of age or circumstance. The caring role can be shared with other people.
Individuals can often find themselves in a caring role with little preparation. Finding the right information and support to provide this invaluable role is where we can help.
As a Carer you may help with a variety of tasks including help with day to day routines which may include but is not limited to:
- Cooking, housework and shopping
- Physical care – lifting, moving and handling
- Eating and drinking
- Personal hygiene - bathing, washing and dressing
- Helping someone manage their finances
- Administering medication, collecting prescriptions
- Emotional support
- Acting as an Advocate or Guardian for the cared for person.
- Helping to access housing, leisure, recreation, financial and legal advice or other services or benefits
Care can mean keeping an eye on people who are confused or at risk if not supervised. If you are under 18, please visit our Young Carers page to find out how we can support you.
Page updated on: 03/05/2016