If you are looking after an adult who has an illness, disability, mental health condition, frailty or an additional need then you are a carer. You may live with the person or they may be living elsewhere, either independently, with other relatives or in residential care. You may be a family member, friend or neighbour. You may or may not be in receipt of Carer’s Allowance. Your caring role may be for a couple of hours a week or 24/7. Your caring role may involve a variety of tasks including helping with personal care, household tasks, managing finances or medication, arranging appointments or providing emotional support. Your caring role may involve providing support in person or from a distance, for example, over the phone.

If you are looking after a child under 18 who has an illness, disability or an additional need then you are a carer. This is sometimes called being a “Parent Carer” however you do not need to have parental responsibility for the child in order to be caring for them. It may be that you are a grandparent, other relative or family friend.

Each caring role is unique. We offer a range of services for carers looking after an adult and specific services for carers looking after a child. Please contact Carers MK for further information.