A carer spends a lot of time providing unpaid support to family or friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or drug and alcohol related problems.
Telford & Wrekin Council is committed to supporting carers. We recognise that most care in the community takes place through family, friends and neighbours and is largely unpaid.
Who are carers?
- It is estimated there are around 7 million carers in the UK providing unpaid help and support to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who is frail, ill or disabled.
- There are an estimated 18,000 unpaid carers in Telford and Wrekin.
- Carers can be of any age, from any cultural or social background.
- Many people do not consider themselves to be a carer as they may just be looking after one or both parents, their adult child, or best friend - simply getting on with it and doing what anyone would in the same situation.
- A lot of people who are carers don't recognise themselves as such because they live with the person they are caring for.
- Carers may think they can't be carers because they don't live with the person they support.
Did you know?
- The term carer should not be confused with a care worker or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone.
- A carer doesn't have to be someone who lives with the person they care for or be related to them.
- Carers often live with the person they care for but this isn't always the case.
- Carers provide care because of the relationship they have with the cared-for person. Most do it willingly but some feel they have no choice.
- The physical and emotional wellbeing of a carer can be compromised by their caring role.
- Caring for someone can be a rewarding experience but it can also be lonely, boring frustrating and stressful.
- As a carer you are entitled to support in your caring role, by law.
You can get in touch with the Carers Centre to arrange an assessment.
Last updated: 22/01/2021 15:45