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Are you a carer?

A carer is someone who without being paid regularly looks after, helps or supports someone over the age of 18 who wouldn't be able to manage everyday life without this help. 

Carers under the age of 18 are sometimes called young carers. 

Who you may be looking after? 

You may be caring for a partner, parent, sibling, or family member. For example, it may be someone who: 

  • has a physical or learning disability 
  • has a mental health condition 
  • is living with dementia 
  • has sight, hearing, or communication difficulties 
  • has a long-term health condition 
  • misuses drugs or alcohol 

A carer doesn't have to be living with the person they care for, and the help they give doesn't have to be physical. 

Many people who care for someone do not necessarily see themselves as carers. 

Things you may help with 

You may be helping with: 

  • shopping and personal finances 
  • paperwork and administration 
  • transportation 
  • personal care, such as washing and dressing 
  • going to the toilet or dealing with incontinence 
  • eating or taking medicines 
  • getting around at home or outside 
  • practical things, like companionship 
  • counselling, emotional support or communicating 
  • attending appointments 

Help for carers 

Find out what help is available for carers and people who look after someone. 

Read about our commitment to carers in Redbridge (PDF 767KB)