Are you a carer?
A carer is anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without the carer’s support.
As a carer, you may help with tasks such as getting up and going to bed, washing, dressing, using the toilet, shopping, cleaning, laundry and making meals. The care may mean keeping an eye on people who are confused or at risk if not supervised, or encouraging them to do everyday things for themselves.
All carers can ask for support to help make caring easier. This could be:
- Advice and information to help you in your role as an unpaid carer
- Practical support such as arranging for someone to step in when you need a short break
- A personal budget to spend on things that will help you to carry on caring
- Psychological support
Recognising that you are a carer is the first step to getting the support you need. You may be entitled to an assessment if you care for someone and it has an impact on your wellbeing.