You are a carer if you provide or arrange care for someone else who cannot care for themselves. A carer is not paid for what they do and is different from a paid professional like a care worker or home help.
As a carer you may support:
- a family member, such as your child, parent, sibling or other relatives
- your partner
- a friend
- a neighbour.
You may provide a range of support, including:
- giving emotional support
- helping someone cope with a mental health problem
- cooking and cleaning
- personal care, like washing and going to the toilet
- budgeting and looking after finances
- giving medicine or providing medical care
- interpreting for someone who is deaf or who does not have English as their first language
- reading information and filling in forms for someone who has literacy or concentration difficulties.