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Am I a carer? If you look after another person without being paid, for example a friend or relative who couldn’t manage without your support then you are a carer.

You’re probably a carer if all of the following apply:

  • you do things like helping someone to wash, dress and eat; taking them to regular appointments, doing their shopping or keeping them company
  • you aren’t paid to look after the person you’re caring for
  • you spend a lot of time caring for the person – there’s no legal definition of this, but it could mean anything from a few hours a day, to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • you may or may not live with the person you’re caring for

If you’re a young carer (under 24) you can get local and online support from the Carers Trust.

Contact Carers IW for a range of services and support to unpaid adult carers of adults.  The Carers IW team provides information, support and advocacy to adults who look after another adult.