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Looking after a relative or a friend

​​​​Carers are people whose lives are affected in some way by helping another person who has a physical or mental illness, physical or learning disability, frailty, or a substance problem.
These are some examples of things that a carer may take care of:
  • General care – giving medication, changing dressings, assisting with mobility
  • Domestic tasks – cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, shopping
  • Emotional support – helping with distressing life-threatening, life limiting and mental health conditions
  • Intimate care – dressing, washing, toilet requirements
  • Other – helping with household tasks, bill paying, accompanying to doctor or hospital visits


There is no such thing as a typical carer and many of them do not even recognise themselves as one.

Carers do not get paid for the support they provide and do not need to live with the person they care for, who must live independently and not in a residential or a nursing home.

If you are under 18, we also provide information for Young carers.

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