A carer is anyone of any age who provides unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner.
Looking after someone else can be very costly. This is especially challenging if you're struggling to balance your work life with your caring responsibilities. It's important to know that there is financial support and help available to you.
Looking after someone can make it difficult for you to keep up with work or studies. Legislation is in place to help people who look after someone to balance their responsibilities at home with work or further education.
Looking after someone can pose certain risks to your safety and the safety of the person you are looking after, particularly if your caring role is physically demanding.