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Advice for carers

Although caring for a loved one can be rewarding, it can sometimes be tough too. You may not even think of yourself as a carer or be aware of the many sources of emotional, practical and financial support that are available to you. We cover the main things you should know to help lighten the load a little.

Are you a carer?

If you look after your partner, or a relative or friend who is ill or disabled, you are a carer, even if you don’t think of yourself that way.

There are many ways that you might care for someone.

For instance you might:

  • be on hand 24 hours a day to provide care
  • arrange hospital appointments for someone
  • drop round each day to keep someone company or cook their dinner
  • visit a relative who lives far away once a month to see how they’re doing.

If you care for someone you love, we can help support you in your role. Enter your postcode to find your nearest Age UK.

Where next?

Whether you’ve cared for the person for a long time, are temporarily helping them (for example, while they recuperate from an operation), or have just become a carer, take time to review your options and find out what support is available to you by browsing the information below.

Advice for carers

Money considerations

Sources of support

  • Support with caring

    Read how telecare, financial and peer support can help you in your caring role.
  • Looking after yourself

    Caring can be tough, so it's important to look after your own health, emotions and relationships.
  • Having a break

    If you spend a lot of time caring for someone, it's important to take a break sometimes. Respite care can help.
  • How to find the help you need at home

    We explain how to arrange for a carer to provide support for you or your loved one at home.

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