Who is a carer?
A carer is a person of any age (including children) who provides unpaid support to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t get by without their help. This could be due to old age, frailty, disability, a serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse. Parents of children who are disabled or who have a serious health condition are also considered to be carers.
It is estimated that 10% of patients are carers.
Carers can download ‘Looking after someone@ for free from website carersuk.org/las.
Carers UK is the leading charity for unpaid carers in the UK, providing expert guidance and support, and campaigning for carer’s rights. We offer accurate and up-to-date information on a wide range of caring issues on our website, as well as free resources, factsheets and publications – carersuk.org/help-and-advice
Improving carer identification
As a practice, we want to increase the number of people on our carers’ register so that we can look after you better. We do this by:
- Asking patients with long-term conditions to name their carers
- Running awareness-raising campaigns to get carers to tell us about their caring responsibilities