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 yes, 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:
- financial matters
- tasks around the home
- giving emotional support
- keeping someone safe
- 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 Portsmouth Carers Centre.