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Caring for someone

A carer looks after someone, usually a relative or friend, who needs support because of their age, physical or learning disabilities, illness, or mental health problems.

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.

The Care Act changes the way care and support is provided in England. You may be able to get more help so that you can carry on caring.

Young carers and adults looking after a child with disabilities are supported by the Children and Families Act.