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Supporting unpaid carers of all ages across Essex

Carers Support

What do carers do?

Just as the reasons why someone becomes a carer vary greatly, the variety of tasks that a carer fulfils is diverse. They can include;

  • Practical household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, washing up, ironing, paying bills and financial management.
  • Personal care such as bathing, dressing, lifting, administering medication and collecting prescriptions.
  • Emotional support such as listening, offering advice and friendship.

There is not a minimum time spent caring or age restriction that “qualifies” someone as being more or less of a carer.

Someone in their seventies who cares 24/7 for their spouse with severe dementia is a carer. A teenager who offers emotional support and helps to keep the household running as and when the fluctuating nature of their parent’s mental health requires it — is also a carer. The two situations are very different. Both are individual examples of the 7 million carers in the UK today.

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