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Am I a carer?

A carer is anyone who, or an unpaid basis, is caring for someone who is frail or who has an illness or disability. Carers are people who look after relatives or friends who, because of an illness or disability, can't manage at home without help. 

Many people don't see themselves as carers, they might be parents, children, partners, friends or neighbours. A carer can be any age and come from any background or community. As a carer, it's easy to forget about your own needs because you're so busy caring for someone else. But it is important to look after yourself. 

Caring can be very rewarding, but it also makes demands on your time, your health, your emotions and can be very tiring. So, taking an occasional break from caring is essential - it gives you the chance to recharge your batteries.

For more information see Carers UK guide – Looking after someone, information and support for carers