A carer can be:
Carers vary in age and in the nature of tasks they undertake, and people can still be carers when they do not live with the cared-for person.
If you feel that you are providing care on a sustainable and regular basis you can ask for an assessment. To do this, get in touch with your local Social Work Services Office. A Social Worker will arrange to come and see you and discuss your needs as a carer and tell you about some of the services that may be available to you.
Services available to help carers include:
The only benefit specifically for carers is Carer's Allowance (CA) which is paid to carers who are looking after a disabled person. You may be able to claim other benefits if you are on a low income.