Are you a carer?
Do you look after or help to look after someone who couldn’t always manage without 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, learning disability, autistic spectrum disorder, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.
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.
Visit our information hub for information, advice and links to additional support.
If you look after someone, you are not alone. You can contact us for advice or register for support by calling 0800 181 4118 or by using the Register as a carer button at the top of this page.