A carer is anyone who supports a family member, friend or neighbour, in an unpaid capacity where that person could not cope without that support.
Caring for someone can have a significant impact on your life. The Carers Service is here to support you with any needs that might arise as a result of looking after someone.
Am I a carer?
If you are unsure if you are a carer, answering the following question may help:
Do you support someone who would not be able to cope on their own without your help?
If the answer is no, or they would struggle, you are a carer.
Many carers do not recognise their role as caring. They think about themselves just as a parent, a son/daughter, a husband/ wife, a brother/sister, a friend or a neighbour, but they provide help beyond everyday care and support.
Carers often do things like helping with medication, financial matters, shopping, tasks around the home, giving emotional support, keeping someone safe, help attending medical appointments, being available in case of emergency, personal care and much more.
So if those statements apply to you get in touch with the Carers Centre.