Who is a Carer?

A carer is somebody who cares for a friend or family member, who is over 18 years of age.

The person they care for usually needs support due to their age, illness, disability, substance misuse or mental health problem and couldn't manage without this help.

This is not the same as someone who provides care as their job, or through a voluntary organisation. 

Caring for someone covers lots of different things, like helping with their washing, dressing or eating, taking them to regular appointments or keeping them company when they feel lonely or anxious.

If this sounds like you then you are considered to be a carer.

Visit the carers assessments page to find out how you can get support.

External Links

  1. Support for carers


Page last reviewed: 30/11/2020

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