Who is a Carer?
A carer helps another person who could not manage without them. It is something that you do because you care about the wellbeing of the person you support. It can cover lots of different activities. Examples include:
- Helping an elderly parent to manage their finances and to stay independent in their own home
- Looking out for an adult brother or sister with a learning disability who needs your help to stay independent
- Making sure that a partner or parent with a mental health problem is properly cared for even when they are living away from home for a while.
- Supporting a family member with drug or alcohol addictions.
These are just examples as there are so many different things that carers do for others.
- To see a list of local groups and organisations providing support to carers click here.
- If you want more information about the illness or condition of the person you care for you should try NHS Choices website for information that has been checked out and approved.
- To see a map of businesses and organisations committed to supporting carers click here.
- If you are an employer, we recommend you read the top tips for supporting working carers in collaboration with the ADASS Yorkshire & Humber and the North West regions, which highlights the business case for supporting working carers and the tips give practical suggestions which employers can put in place to make sure employees are well supported.
- If you want to find out about your other rights as a carer or what happens in other parts of the country, or to just make contact with carers across the UK you should try The Carers Trust or Carers UK.