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.
Carers provide regular, unpaid help to someone close to them due to frailty, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.
Carers may help with:
Last reviewed: 26/09/2018
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