A carer is anybody from the age of five years old that provides care and support to another person who could not otherwise manage without it; this could be as a parent or grandparent, a child, a neighbour, a sibling or a friend. The care and support provided could be due to:
- Mental ill-health
- Substance misuse
It is sometimes difficult to identify with the term ‘carer’ because you may see your caring role as a natural part of your relationship with the person. You could be very involved with maintaining your loved one’s day-to-day life, or you could be providing them with occasional telephone support during times of crisis. There are no judgements made on your availability to provide care or your willingness to do so, and this does not affect your rights to access support as a carer.