Who is a Carer?

Do you look after someone who could not manage without that support?

Who is a carer? mother and duaghterA carer is someone who provides unpaid help and support to another person who could not manage without their help. A carer may be a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour. A carer is not necessarily the closest relative of a patient or their next of kin. Carers can be of all ages and situations; many balance their caring role with work, training and childcare; many care for someone who does not live in the same house and may travel some distance to care. 

A carer often does not realise they are a carer and can struggle to tell someone they are finding it difficult to cope. 

Download the Information for Carers Booklet:

Your right to an assessment of your needs

A carers’ assessment is an assessment of the carers’ needs and considers not only what care the carer provides, but also the physical and psychological impact it has on them. 

The assessment also looks at what help and support the carer is entitled to so that they can better continue in their caring role. 

You can find more information at www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/Pages/what-is-social-care

The Carers Emergency Card can ensure the safety of the person you care for if you have an accident or emergency.