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Who are carers?

  • It is estimated there are around 7 million carers in the UK providing unpaid help and support to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who is frail, ill or disabled.

  • There are an estimated 18,000 unpaid carers in Telford and Wrekin.

  • Carers can be of any age, from any cultural or social background.

  • Many people do not consider themselves to be a carer as they may just be looking after one or both parents, their adult child, or best friend - simply getting on with it and doing what anyone would in the same situation.

  • A lot of people who are carers don't recognise themselves as such because they live with the person they are caring for.

  • Carers may think they can't be carers because they don't live with the person they support.

Did you know?

  • The term carer should not be confused with a care worker or care assistant, who receives payment for looking after someone.

  • A carer doesn't have to be someone who lives with the person they care for or be related to them.

  • Carers often live with the person they care for but this isn't always the case.

  • Carers provide care because of the relationship they have with the cared-for person.  Most do it willingly but some feel they have no choice.

  • The physical and emotional wellbeing of a carer can be compromised by their caring role.

  • Caring for someone can be a rewarding experience but it can also be lonely, boring frustrating and stressful.

  • As a carer you are entitled to support in your caring role, by law.

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