Being relied on
Being a carer means that someone relies on you to do something for them to help them to cope, because they can’t do this themselves.
This might be due to a disability, impairment, age, addiction, illness or something else but without your help they are unable to do what they need to do to cope and stay well.
Carers can be relied on in various ways, depending on a person’s age and condition and how much support they need. It will depend on the difficulties experienced by that person in being able to carry out certain activities, or it could be a difficulty participating in situations in life. For example, support given can range from:
- A lot of support: such as getting someone dressed, feeding them, moving and helping them with their personal needs. You may be supporting them at night, taking them out as they are unable to go out safely on their own and/or you may be making lots of decisions for them, maybe they need you to communicate for them. You may be talking to health and social care services that support them, a child may have an Education Health and Care Plan.
- To a little bit of support: such as: taking them to appointments, checking on them to make sure they’re OK and/or helping them make decisions. You may be giving a little extra help at home with everyday things, a child may need a little additional support at school.
Nowadays many people care for more than one person.