Are you a carer?
Do you look after or help to look after someone who couldn’t always manage without you?
You might not think of yourself as a carer and think what you do is just part of being a parent, spouse, friend or sibling. As a result you might be missing out on the support that is available.
Does someone rely on you? You could be helping with household tasks such as cleaning or cooking, administering medication, organising and transporting someone to medical appointments, providing personal care or providing emotional support.
You could be doing it once a day, a couple of times a week or all the time. There are no time limits to being a carer.
If you look after someone you love or care about, you may not consider yourself a carer. Caring is something we do as parents, partners, children, sisters, brothers and friends, often without question, or the need for a label.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who could not always manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.
You could be still at school or college, helping to look after your brother, or a parent with a chronic illness; you could be a mother looking after a child with a disability, or a husband caring for his wife who has Alzheimer’s disease.
3 in 5 of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. It can happen at any time and have a huge impact on a person’s life, not only affecting them, but the whole family.
Carer support available from the surgery
Let us know you are a carer, we will add you to our register
Carer support available from Carer Support Wiltshire.
They host "carer clinics" by our friendly liaison: India.