Am I a Carer?
A carer is anyone who, or an unpaid basis, is caring
for someone who is frail or who has an illness or disability.
Carers are people who look after relatives or friends who
because of an illness or disability can't manage at home without
help. Many people don't see themselves as carers, they might
be parents, children, partners, friends or neighbours. A
carer can be any age and come from any background or
As a carer, it's easy to forget about your own needs because
you're so busy caring for someone else. But it is important
to look after yourself. Caring can be very rewarding, but it
also makes demands on your time, your health, your emotions and can
be very tiring. So, taking an occasional break from caring is
essential - it gives you the chance to recharge your batteries.