A 'carer' is someone who - without being paid - regularly looks after, helps or supports someone over the age of 18 who wouldn't be able to manage everyday life without their help.
Carers under the age of 18 are sometimes called 'Young Carers.'
Who you may be looking after
You may be caring for a partner, relative, friend or neighbour. For example, it may be someone who:
- has a physical or learning disability
- has a mental health condition
- is living with dementia
- has sight, hearing or communication difficulties
- has a long-term health condition
- misuses drugs or alcohol
A carer doesn't have to be living with the person they care for, and the help they give doesn't have to be physical.
What things you may help do
You may be helping with:
- shopping, personal finances
- paperwork and administration
- personal care, such as washing and dressing
- going to the toilet or dealing with incontinence
- eating or taking medicines
- getting about at home or outside
- practical things, like companionship
- counselling, emotional support or communicating
- attending appointments
Help for carers
Find out what help there is available to carers and people who look after someone.