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Who is a Carer?

Who is a Carer?

3 in 5 of us will care for someone in our lifetime

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

Many people do not see themselves as family carers.  It normally takes two years for people to recognise themselves as being a carer.

Not sure if you are a family carer?

Do you help a family member, child, friend or neighbour that:

  • is frail
  • has a disability or special needs
  • has a chronic illness and/or
  • has a mental illness
  • has dementia/Alzheimer’s
  • has a substance misuse problem with drugs or alcohol

Do any of these statements apply to you?

  • Is this help regular and ongoing?
  • Does this help involve showering, toileting, dressing or other personal care?
  • Does this help involve cleaning, cooking, shopping, transport and/or assistance with bills or other paperwork?
  • Does this help involve medication or other health care?
  • Would this person have difficulty managing on their own if you could not provide regular and ongoing support?
  • Do you receive Carers Allowance or no payment at all?

If any of the above statements apply to you, we can help.

Many family carers feel guilty about asking for or wanting help – please don’t – we are here to help you… You can call us on 0345 241 0954 or email us at [email protected]

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Page last modified: 26 August 2020

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