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 anyone.

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.