What carers do

Carers offer regular, unpaid help to look after those that need extra support. This could be someone who needs help due to their age, a physical or learning disability, illness or mental health problem.

A carer might help with:

  • personal care such as washing, dressing, eating
  • taking someone to regular appointments
  • medication
  • housework
  • financial support
  • emotional support by keeping them company and giving them someone to talk to

Who a carer may be 

A carer can be any age and culture social or from any economic background.

They could be at school, elderly, frail, disabled or suffering from long term illness themselves.

Many carers do not see themselves as a carer. They see themselves as someone’s parent, husband or wife, son or daughter, friend or neighbour who is supporting a loved one or friend.

Caring for someone can be rewarding but can also be a challenging and stressful time for the carer.

Carers FIRST offer adult and young carer’s a range of services to maintain and improve their own health and wellbeing and support them in their caring role.

More help and advice

The Better Together consortium is a collaboration that provides advice, guidance and support to Medway carers, residents and voluntary sector organisations.

Get more carer’s advice and guidance from Carers FIRST and the Carers Trust.