Identifying carers is not always easy. The term ‘carer’ is not always recognised by our service users or families. The Trust encourages staff to help our service users to identify those that are helping and supporting them so that support can be given to them too.
People need to meet certain criteria to be regarded as a carer in the eyes of the law.
A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends to enable them to cope and carry on with their day to day life and could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or suffers with mental ill-health or substance misuse.
A carer gives support either practically or emotionally. This may include helping with personal care, medication, cooking, shopping, housework and giving emotional support.
Carers can be adults or aged under 18. Children and young people who provide unpaid care for family members are called ‘young carers’.
It is important to be clear about who are carers in the eyes of the law because being a carer gives people certain rights.
Young carers story – coming soon
Adult carers story – coming soon