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What is a Carer?


What is a Carer?

A Carer is someone who helps another person in their day to day life. This is usually a relative or friend. It is not the same as someone who provides care professionally or through a voluntary organisation.

There are around seven million Carers in the UK – that is one in ten people. This is rising. Three in five people will be Carers at some point in their lives in the UK. Out of the UK's Carers, 42% of Carers are men and 58% are women.

Being a Carer

Carers provide regular, unpaid help to someone close to them due to frailty, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.

Carers may help with:

  • personal care (washing, bathing, dressing, feeding)
  • medication
  • cooking
  • shopping
  • housework
  • emotional support
  • Many people do not recognise themselves as Carers. Carers can be any age; they are parents, grandparents, children, partners, friends or neighbours doing what needs to be done to maintain the quality of life for someone close to them. They may not realise that support is available to help them.

Last reviewed: 08/10/2019

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