How Do I Know If I’m A Carer?
“A Carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a relative, friend or neighbour, who could not manage without their help due to physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. Becoming a Carer can happen to anyone at any time and affects people from all cultures and of any age”
When people need help with their day-to-day living they often turn to their family and friends. Looking after each other is something that we do.
Carers may help with personal things like getting someone washed and dressed, turning them in their sleep, helping them move about or administering their medication. Carers also help with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.
Although called Carers, they would probably say “I’m just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour.”
Carers provide practical and emotional support to those living with Physical Disability or Illness, Dementia, Learning Disability, Autism, Mental Illness, Sensory Impairment or who are affected by Substance Misuse. Many Carers support Older People who are frail and need support with day to day living. Children living with a disability may be supported by a Parent Carer.