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How do I know if I'm a carer?

How Do I Know Caring For Carers Panel

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family or friend who needs help and support due to illness, disability, a mental health condition or an addiction.

If you are a carer, there is practical, emotional and financial support available that you may be able to access.

The tasks below are examples of what carers may do, to help the person they care for:

  • Helping with day-to-day domestic tasks forms a large part of caring roles. This may include food shopping, helping them keep their home tidy, and helping them do their laundry.
  • Supporting a person when they're outside their home can be part of being a carer, too. This may include helping them get out and about, helping them travel to appointments and helping them spend time with family or friends.
  • Sometimes caring involves doing things for people that they would normally do for themselves. This may include helping them to wash, helping them to get dressed and helping them to take their medicine.
  • Caring can also involve helping with or taking control of a person's finances. This may include helping them pay bills, helping organise their finances and helping them with budgeting.
  • Emotional support is also a big part of the support a carer provides. This may include sitting with them to keep them company, watching over them when they can't be left alone or visiting, ringing, or texting them to check they're feeling ok.

Register as a carer

There are 3 simple ways to register as a carer and to get information, advice and support.

If you are a carer who is looking after someone who lives outside of Plymouth please use the Carers Trust website to find the carers service in your area.



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