Have a think about the person you provide care for or that you support. Do you assist them with getting dressed or bathing, cooking or cleaning, making sure they are taking medication properly, getting them out and about or taking them to or making medical appointments? A carer is defined as “an individual who provides regular and substantial care on an informal basis”. A carer can be any age, including children and young people. You do not have to be the sole carer, a close relative or live with the cared for person. You do not have to be in receipt of Carers Allowance or benefits to be a carer.
Identifying as carer can be hard until you realise how much care and support you are providing to someone else.