Every day 6,000 people take on a new caring role in the UK. Up and down the UK there are 6.5 million people caring unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. These people are called carers but they would probably say ‘I’m just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour.’
When people need help with their day-to-day living they often turn to their family and friends. Looking after each other is something that we do. We should all be prepared to care.
Carers help with personal things: getting someone washed and dressed, turning them in their sleep, helping them move about or administering their medication. Carers also help with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.
Carers Week celebrates and recognises the contribution of all of the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers.
What do carers do?