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.
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.
For information and advice download the guide Advice for carers (PDF 983 kb)