Caring for Someone

Support is available for people who are providing unpaid care for a family member or friend who needs support because they are ill, frail, or disabled or have mental ill health or substance misuse problems.

The care provided may include the following:

  • Helping to make meals, or doing housework or shopping
  • Helping someone to wash and dress, or to eat 
  • Making sure that medication is taken or collected on time
  • Keeping an eye on someone to keep them safe
  • Providing emotional support
  • Reminding them to do things they can no longer remember to do 

A carer can be of any age, including those under 18 (often described as young carers) and could be the parent of a disabled child or young person. Many people do not see themselves as carers, as to them the caring relationship is just part of their normal every day life, as a son or daughter, parent, husband or wife. As a result they often don’t realise that there may be help and support available for them and the person they care for. Carers can also request an assessment of their own needs as a carer.

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