Am I a carer?
If you look after someone you love or care about, you may not consider yourself a carer. Caring is something we do as parents, partners, children, sisters, brothers and friends, often without question, or the need for a label.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who could not always manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.
Many people don’t see themselves as carers and continue caring, often with no support, perhaps until an emergency arises, often with an adverse impact on their own health and wellbeing. Or, they may be put off asking for help because they do not think they are eligible.
What does caring mean?
Caring for someone can be positive and rewarding, but it can also be challenging, tiring and isolating. It may also affect your finances and ability to work or study.The Facts About Caring - Myth Buster