What is a Carer?

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
  • a family member such as a parent, brother, sister, son or daughter
  • a friend or neighbour

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
  • provide emotional support

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

Watch this video from Worcestershire Association of Carers that explains what a carer is:

Are you an unpaid carer?

Do you provide any of the following unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental ill-health or substance misuse problems?

  • emotional support
  • medical care
  • personal care
  • physical care
  • domestic tasks

If you do, then you are a carer.

Your support needs as a carer 

Becoming a carer can be rewarding, but can also be overwhelming. You have extra responsibilities, yet you may not know where to turn for support.  

Information and resources to help you can be found on our getting support as a carer page. 

More information

The Care Act 2014 describes adults over 18 who are caring for another adult.

You can also get support if you are:

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