“A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support” (Carers Trust)
Carers come from every walk of life. Regardless of age, gender or culture, if you are looking after another person on a regular basis, you are a carer. Every carer’s story is unique and many do not see themselves as a carer, they feel they are fulfilling a role that anyone else would do in a similar situation.
You are a carer if you are looking after someone with:
- A long term condition i.e. neurological disability, physical disability, Autism
- An addiction i.e. drug and alcohol abuse
- Mental Health problems
- A learning difficulty
These are only some of the many conditions that may result in you being a carer.
The person you care for may:
- Be a family member e.g. parent, sibling, grandparent, spouse
- Be an adult or a child
- Be a neighbour or a friend
- Live with you or somewhere else, such as in their own home or a care home
- Need regular care throughout the day/night or maybe just need checking on to make sure they are alright
- Need physical or emotional support – maybe both.