What is a carer?
A carer is a person who offers substantial and regular care to someone, who without it could not manage their daily living. Carers provide regular and substantial unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.
For some people the caring role develops gradually, for others it happens suddenly as a result of an illness or an accident. The term 'carer' should not be confused with a paid care worker or care assistant who recieves a wage for looking after someone.