Adult Carers

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Young Carers

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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.

Caring Together are here to help you if you are a carer. Our website has information on the support we have for adult carers including groups for carers, emergency planning and carer voice. There is also support and information available for young carers. We offer homecare, which can play an important part in looking after the person you care for and in giving you a break. We also have information on subjects such as carer’s assessments. The advice section of our website may also be helpful to you.

If you want to be kept up to date on our news and information for carers, or for people who are involved in helping and supporting carers in a professional or volunteer role, you can sign up to receive Inside news for carers every month.

You can call us on 0345 241 0954 or email us at [email protected]

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Not sure if you are a 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 are here to help you.


Page last modified: 28 April 2023

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