Do you look after or help to look after someone who couldn’t always manage without you?
Does someone rely on you? You could be helping with household tasks such as cleaning or cooking, administering medication, organising and transporting someone to medical appointments, providing personal care or providing emotional support.
You could be doing it once a day, a couple of times a week or all the time. There are no time limits to being a carer.
If you look after someone you love or care about, you may not consider yourself a carer. Caring is something we do as parents, partners, children, sisters, brothers and friends, often without question, or the need for a label.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who could not always manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.
You could be still at school or college, helping to look after your brother, or a parent with a chronic illness; you could be a mother looking after a child with a disability, or a husband caring for his wife who has Alzheimer’s disease.
3 in 5 of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. It can happen at any time and have a huge impact on a person’s life, not only affecting them, but the whole family.
Read more on what it means to care.
Visit our Resources and Support Centre for information, advice and links to additional support.
If you are looking after someone who is over 18 you might also find this Adult Social Care Guide from Wiltshire Council useful.
Read the NHS England Commitment to Carers
If you look after someone, you are not alone. Register with us and we’ll do all we can to help you access the information and support you need. The easiest and quickest way to do this is to register online here. Alternatively you can contact us on 0800 181 4118. Once you have registered with us, a member of our team will contact you.