What is an unpaid carer?

This page explains what we mean by 'unpaid carer'

An ‘unpaid carer’ is someone who provides unpaid help and support to family or friends who are ill, disabled or who just need some extra support.

For some this may be a short term arrangement (e.g. to help someone after a hospital admission); for others the need for help and support may be long-term (e.g. caring for a disabled child).

Every carer is different. You may provide help with personal care such as getting washed and dressed, taking medication, going to the toilet, and moving around indoors, but you could also be keeping an eye on someone so their condition does not deteriorate or to reduce the risk of injury. You may also be helping with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.