Am I a carer?

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You are a carer if you provide help and support to a relative, partner or friend, who is unable to live independently because of fraility, illness or disability, and who cannot manage without your help.

Carers are people of all ages including children, young people and parent carers. The person they care for may be:

  • very frail 
  • have a physical disability 
  • have a learning disability 
  • have a mental health problem 
  • have a physical health problem
  • any combination of the above 
  • any age

Carers help out in a number of ways, such as assisting someone with:

  • dressing 
  • bathing 
  • shopping 
  • cooking 
  • cleaning 
  • getting about
  • paperwork
  • finance / benefits
  • collecting medication
  • GP or hospital appointments

Some carers help by watching over someone to try and make sure that they:

  • Do not harm themselves 
  • Take their medication properly and 
  • Get other help if things get worse

For some carers, such as those caring for people with mental illness or learning disabilities it may be about being there to reassure or encourage the person.

People often don't realise how much they are caring and that they are eligible for support.

Carer's Stories

Here Carers share their story, describing their personal journey of why they became a Carer, what they do, and the rewards it brings.

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Emma McDowell is a carer to her son George and a founder member of the British Foundation for Conductive Education
Read about Emma