Who are carers?
Carers are usually family members or friends who provide support to children or adults who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, or who are frail aged. Carers can be parents, partners, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends or children of any age. Carers may care for a few hours a week or every day. Carers are unpaid. They may receive incomes from a range of sources including government pensions and benefits.
Many carers don’t consider themselves to be carers – they see themselves as just family members. As a result, they may not ask for help, and can sometimes miss out on the wide range of services available today to help carers meet their responsibilities.
What do carers do?
No two circumstances are the same. Carers may assist their loved ones with the tasks of every day life. This includes feeding, bathing, dressing, toileting, helping or administering medications. Those that care for people that are more self sufficient and independent may only need to support them with their weekly finances or with transport. Many carers also provide emotional support to their loved ones every day, and most do this without accessing government funded Carer Support Services.