Who is a carer?
Carers are people who take responsibility for the care of relatives or friends who need support due to an illness, drug or alcohol misuse, disability or the effects of age. Carers may provide care for short periods of time each week or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This involves helping with a variety of tasks such as:
Cooking or personal care
Providing company and emotional support
Looking after siblings
Managing the family budget
Accompanying the cared for person to appointments
The majority of carers take on this role willingly out of a sense of love and commitment. Others become carers as they feel they have no choice.
Caring can be exhausting and can cause difficulties for the carer, such as:
- Financial problems