Am I considered to be a carer?

If you give unpaid support to a partner, family member, friend or neighbour who could not manage without this help, you may be a carer.

What is a carer?

If you give unpaid support to a partner, family member, friend or neighbour who could not manage without this help, you may be a carer.

Caring can mean many things, including:

  • being a good listener
  • helping with personal care
  • providing transport
  • helping with day-to-day tasks
  • talking to healthcare professionals on the person’s behalf.

Many partners, family members and friends of people with cancer become their carer.

Adult carers

We have lots of information for adult carers, including:

  • managing everyday needs
  • managing symptoms and side effects
  • the support available
  • the emotional effects of caring
  • work and money.