What is a Carer?


What is a carer?

Around six million carers in the UK provide unpaid help and support to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail or disabled.

There are an estimated 17,000 unpaid carers in Telford & Wrekin. Anyone can become a carer. Carers can be of any age, from any cultural or social background.

Caring for someone can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be lonely, boring, frustrating, frightening and stressful. Many do not consider themselves to be a carer.

They may be just looking after one or both parents, their child, or best friend, simply getting on with it and doing what anyone else would in the same situation. A lot of people who are carers don’t recognise themselves as such because they live with the person they are caring for. Others may think they can’t be carers because they don’t live with the person they support.

A carer doesn’t have to be someone who lives with the person they care for or be related to them. If you devote substantial amounts of time to supporting someone cannot manage at home without help, you are a carer. The person you are caring for or supporting may be elderly or ill, have a physical or learning disability, a mental health issue or an addiction. Because they don’t recognise the caring role they have, many people don’t get the support they need.

Caring for someone can be enormously rewarding, but there are also times when it is physically and mentally exhausting. That’s why it is so important to make sure you have all the information you need about local services

Some Important Points about Carers

The term carer should not be confused with a care-worker or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone.

  • Carers often live with the person they care for but this is not always the case
  • Carers provide care because of the relationship they have with the cared for person. Most do it willingly, but some feel they have no choice
  • The physical and emotional wellbeing of a carer can be compromised by their caring role
  • As a carer, you are entitled to support in your caring role

Our website provides lots of information about carers including getting help with financial matters, work and caring, accessing services, or having some time to yourself to recharge your caring batteries.

If you do not find what you are looking or you would simply like to talk to someone about the caring that you do, please feel free to contact us.

Carers Centre is a local voluntary sector charity, which gives advice and support to carers of adults from all communities living in Telford & Wrekin. Our service is free and confidential, you can make a referral now.