It can be hard to figure out if you’re a carer or simply looking out for someone you love.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
There are about 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK. On top of this, 3 million unpaid carers balance their care responsibilities with their work.
Many carers don’t receive any carer support simply because they’re unaware that they are entitled to it.
Many people are full-time carers and are totally unaware of it.
Read on to discover if you are a carer and are entitled to financial and practical support…
Common Misconceptions about Caring for a Loved One
Incorrect Assumption: "Carers are paid workers"
A carer in this context is someone who is not paid to fulfill their responsibilities, instead they do so out of love or duty.
Incorrect Assumption: "Carers only care for the elderly"
Carers are simply people who care for other people, no matter what their age may be. You can be a carer for anyone, whether they are a friend, child, spouse, or parent.
Incorrect Assumption: "Carers only care for people with physical disabilities"
Many carers care for people who have physical disabilities. However, carers can care for people who struggle with their mental health, learning difficulties, or cognitive impairments
Incorrect Assumption: "Carers have to live with the people they care for"
Carers do not always live with the people they care for. Many carers travel to their loved ones’ homes or care remotely.
"What is a Carer?"
Under the Government Care Act, a carer is ‘someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day-to-day life’.
Therefore, a carer can be any age and can care for anyone.
"What do Carers do?"
There is no minimum amount of time per week that you must dedicate to these tasks.
Simply put, if caring for another person is a significant part of your life it is likely that you are a carer.
It can be difficult to shoulder this much responsibility, but you don’t have to do this alone.
"I think I am a Carer- what now?"
As a carer, you have several options available to you. In fact, a few include: