Who is a carer?

Carers are people who take responsibility for the care of someone who needs help because of an illness, drug or alcohol misuse, disability or the effects of age. Carers may provide care for short periods each week or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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This involves helping with a variety of tasks such as:

  • Housework or personal care

  • Providing company and emotional support

  • Taking responsibility for their financial affairs

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
  • Stress

  • Loneliness

  • Isolation

  • Health problems