Being A Carer

If you are giving a loved one, relative or friend, help and support then you are a carer.

Even if you’re helping that someone for just a few hours or round-the-clock, you are still a carer – irrespective of whether in their home or yours.

Man in a wheelchair being pushed

Carer with a loved one

Quite often the need for care can be sudden – sometimes as a result of illness or accident. In other situations, the caring needs grows so gradually it is unnoticed.

When you are simply doing what comes naturally – helping someone – caring for someone, it may not seem out of the ordinary. You may not recognise yourself as a carer – your primary role may be as a mum or dad, husband or wife etc. However, when you are putting in a little extra effort or a lot of additional effort to help someone who can’t do certain things for themselves then you have an additional role – that of a carer.

Often, carers don’t realise the level of care that they are giving and therefore don’t realise the important role they are playing.

Some of the things that you might be doing for someone are:

  • Arrange hospital and other medical appointments
  • Pay a visit to a relative who lives a distance away from you
  • Be on hand round the clock to provide care
  • Keep someone company or cook a hot meal

Acknowledging that you are a carer may feel like an unwanted or unfair label. However, understanding your role as a carer and finding out what help there is for you is paramount so that you can help yourself to help your loved one.
The Confident Carer Service is here to help you achieve that.