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You are a carer if you provide or arrange care for someone else who cannot care for themselves

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Anyone can become a carer. It doesn’t matter how old you are, your gender or your background. The care you provide could be short or long-term. You may or may not live with the person you are a carer for.

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.

Last reviewed: July 7, 2023 by Joshua

Next review due: January 7, 2024

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