Are you a carer?
Are you a Carer?
Do you provide unpaid care to a friend, neighbour, or family member who couldn’t manage alone?
Is this person in need of your help due to frailty, age, physical illness, mental health condition, or addiction?
If you answered yes to either, or both, of the questions above, it is extremely likely that you are classed as a carer, whether you were aware of it or not.
While being a carer doesn’t define you, it may mean that you have some important legal rights including the right to certain types of financial support, practical help, assistance technology and rights in the workplace. Carers UK provide a useful guide book that explains your rights and how to get the support you are entitled to.
To find out more about the different types of caring roles, and what they entail, please keep reading below, you may be surprised.
Who do carers care for?
Chart below show number of carers in the UK and who they care for (percentage)
- 40% Parents & Parents in law
- 26% Spouse/Partner
- 8% Disabled Children
- 5% Adult Children
- 4% Grandparents
- 7% Other relative
- 9% Friend or Neighbour
What does a Carer do?
Each caring role is unique, and may encompass a range of tasks and responsibilities. The role of a Carer might include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Personal Care – Support with dressing, washing, and toileting
- Domestic Care – Support with cooking, housework, and shopping
- Physical Care – Support with lifting, assisting, and helping when moving around
- Financial Care – Support with any financial affairs
- Health Care – Support with managing illness or a condition, or helping to administer medication
- Emotional Care – Support by being a listening ear, offering moral support, or simply providing company for someone who is feeling isolated
- Communication Care – Supporting or assisting with a listening or communication impairment, including translation, for example, when English is not the family’s first language
What is the difference between being a Carer for someone, and just caring about someone?
Many people do not consider themselves a ‘carer’. In their eyes, they may be simply fulfilling their role as caring wife or husband, son or daughter, mother or father, partner, grandparent, child, friend or neighbour.
However, more often than not, these people would be classed as Carers, and could be offered additional support and recognition for their caring role. To be defined as a Carer you do not need to be alone in supporting someone either – there can be several people who provide care as part of a family or support network team.
At times, a Carer might not even be recognised by the one who they are providing care to. This is often due to illness, and can be difficult to come to terms with.
Am I a Parent Carer?
A Parent Carer is someone who provides, or intends to provide, care for a child with additional needs (under the age of 18), for whom the person has parental responsibility.
Am I a Young Carer?
A Young Carer is someone aged 18 or under, who helps look after a friend or relative, who has a condition that means they cannot support themselves without that help. Young Carers often take on the practical and emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.