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caring for someone - carer home

Find advice on how to look after yourself and get the support that you need

Who is a carer

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family, partner or friends who could not manage without this help.

The term carer should not be confused with a care worker, or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone. Carers may even be juggling paid work with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home.


  • Illness
  • Frailty
  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Substance misuse problems


Caring for someone who you love is a very tiring and demanding experience. The links below provide a range of key pieces of information and advice to help you look after the person you care for, and to also look after yourself.

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