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A Carer is...

... defined as someone who looks after a person who is frail, has an illness or disability, and cannot manage on his or her own without help. The disability may be physical or mental and the person being cared for can be any age. These carers are unpaid and are usually family members although neighbours and friends can have a significant caring role.

Do you look after someone?

You may not think of yourself as a "carer" because you are simply looking after a member of your family, perhaps an elderly parent, a partner or a child with disabilities, but if you do, then you are a "carer".

An unpaid carer looks after someone who is frail, has an illness or disability, and cannot manage on his or her own without help. The person being cared for may have:

  • A physical disability
  • A mental condition
  • A learning disability
  • Mental ill health
  • A dependency on alcohol or drugs

The person being cared for can be any age. Carers are unpaid and are usually family members, although neighbours and friends can have a significant caring role.

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