You may hear people being referred to as an unpaid carer or a family carer. This means caring is not their occupation but something they do as a spouse, partner, parent, sibling or even as a friend, neighbour or young carer. You don't have to be related to someone to be called a carer.
Carers support people in a range of ways
Unlike parenting where a child will become independent, unpaid carers look after someone who needs assistance to keep living at home.
Attending appointments, transport, cooking, organising medication, shopping and personal care are all activities a carer may undertake. In some cases, this is a fulltime job. With help, some carers also work, study and care for other people too.
We support all kinds of caring families.