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Am I a carer?

A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help due to illness, disability, mental ill health or a substance misuse problem. (Carers UK)

Man being cared for by lady

A carer may assist someone with one or more of the following duties.

  • Emotional support such as listening and talking
  • Household chores such as cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing or shopping
  • Medical care such as helping with medicine dosages or delivery
  • Personal care such as feeding, getting to the toilet, washing and dressing
  • Physical care ensuring the person can move around their home

Do any of the following statements sound familiar?

  • I have a disabled child, sibling or family member whom I help in some capacity.
  • I visit someone in need regularly; they couldn't cope without that interaction from me.
  • I take my neighbour to medical appointments; I often go in with them and help explain what the doctor has said.
  • I do the housework for my elderly parent once a week because they are too frail to manage on their own.
  • I take meals to my friend daily so I know they're getting a balanced diet; they have a mental illness and can't manage to cook.
  • My parent suffers from anxiety and depression, which often leaves them in a state of panic.  I am there for them whenever they need me, listening and discussing their worries about each day.

If you recognise yourself in a situation similar to any of those above, with any relative, friend or neighbour, you may be a carer.

Connect to Support Hillingdon is a website for adults in need of care and support in the borough, their families and carers. You can find information and advice, complete an online assessment, find out about community support, care products and services.

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