Birmingham City Council

Becoming a Carer

Overview

A carer is someone who looks after a partner, parent, a child, a relative, a friend or a neighbour and who does not get paid for caring. They look after someone who has;

  • A long term illness
  • A disability
  • Mental health problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Frailty due to old age which means they cannot be completely independent

Some carers provide 24/7 care, others may only provide a few hours a week to help someone who is unable to do everything for themselves.

Many people do not consider they are carers and comments such as “I do Mum’s shopping because she can’t get out now” and “I keep an eye on the old man next door” are common place. Many people in need of help are supported by their families. Husbands and wives, sons and daughters, uncles and aunts just assume that it is expected that they will look after a loved one, but they are carers.

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