Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who supports a partner, family member or friend due to the person’s age, illness, disability, substance misuse or mental health problem. This is different to providing paid professional care, or acting as a volunteer through an organisation.
Carers come from all communities and are of all ages. If you are a young carer, there is more information specific to you on the young carers page.
Caring for someone includes helping them with washing, dressing, eating, managing finances or keeping appointments. It also includes emotional support when the person they care for feels lonely or anxious.