A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to someone who would not be able to manage without this help.
If you look after someone with cancer, you may not think of yourself as a carer, but if you provide unpaid care and support to a family member, partner or friend, whether it is helping with shopping, taking them to the hospital or just being there when they need to talk then you are playing a vital role in their care.
Without the right support, providing this care can have a big impact on you – physically, emotionally and financially. But you do not have to go through it alone. The Northern Trust wants to ensure that the carer has the same help and support as the patient.
The Northern Trust in partnership with Carers Northern Ireland has developed an A-Z guide to support carers in their role. This includes information and contact details for help available from the voluntary sector.
For information please see the ‘Carers A-Z’ leaflet