A 'carer' is someone who - without being paid - looks after, gives help or support someone who wouldn't be able to manage everyday life without their help.
Who you may be looking after
You may be caring for a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who, for example:
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
You do not need to live with the person you look after to be considered a carer and anyone who provides any sort of care or support (not just physical care) for a friend or relative who would not be able to manage to live independently or whose health and wellbeing would deteriorate without this help and support, can be considered a carer
Things you may help do
You may be helping with things such as:
paperwork and administration
personal care, such as washing and dressing
going to the toilet or dealing with incontinence
eating or taking medicines
practical help around the house
getting about at home or outside
Help and support for carers
Carers First can provide you with information, advice and guidance to support you in your caring role.
Livewell Southend is Southend's health and wellbeing website. You can find lots of information and advice on how to stay well, including information about local community group, organisations and other support and services.