Carer Support

About Caring

A Carer is anyone, including children and adults, who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and who cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid. There are around 9 million unpaid Carers in the UK.

Are you a Carer?

Do you provide unpaid care to a friend, neighbour, or family member who couldn’t manage alone? Is this person in need of your help due to frailty, age, physical illness, mental health condition, or addiction?

If you answered yes to either, or both, of the questions above, it is extremely likely that you are classed as a Carer, whether you were aware of it or not.

While being a Carer doesn’t define you, it may mean that you have some important legal rights including the right to certain types of financial support, practical help, assistance technology and rights in the workplace. To find out more about the different types of caring roles, and what they entail, please keep reading more, you may be surprised.

Contact Walsall Carers Hub on 01922 616 798 or drop us a line

What does a Carer do?

Each caring role is unique, and may encompass a range of tasks and responsibilities. The role of a Carer might include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Personal Care – Support with dressing, washing, and toileting
  • Domestic Care – Support with cooking, housework, and shopping
  • Physical Care – Support with lifting, assisting, and helping when moving around
  • Financial Care – Support with any financial affairs
  • Health Care – Support with managing illness or a condition, or helping to administer medication
  • Emotional Care – Support by being a listening ear, offering moral support, or simply providing company for someone who is feeling isolated
  • Communication Care – Supporting or assisting with a listening or communication impairment, including translation, for example, when English is not the family’s first language