Who is an unpaid carer

Role of an unpaid carer

A guide to help spot early signs of becoming a carer, responsibilities and rights as a carer and Kingston’s long-term plan to support carers in the borough.

The law says you’re a carer if you provide unpaid assistance to someone who requires support due to illness, disability or age. You might be a family member, partner, friend, or neighbour. You could also be a carer if you’re a young person supporting a parent, grandparent or sibling.

Early signs of becoming a carer

Carers often start by providing occasional help. If you're increasingly involved in caring for someone, even in small ways, you might be stepping into a carer’s role without realising it.

If you start to spend time helping someone, do frequent check-ins on their wellbeing, adjust your schedule to support them or feel a growing sense of responsibility for their care, you might be a carer.

Understand your caring responsibilities

You might be a carer if you regularly help someone with:

  • personal care like dressing, showering and eating
  • managing their medication including giving them medicine, keeping track of their prescriptions and speaking to the doctor on their behalf
  • using your car or public transport to help them get around, doing their shopping and running errands on their behalf
  • keeping them company, listening to their concerns and offering emotional support
  • supporting them with admin like managing their finances, completing paperwork and keeping track of appointments
  • supporting them with their mental wellbeing like helping out with tasks in the home

Last Modified: 09/02/2024 14:55:25