Am I a Carer?

There are estimated to be 780,000 Carers in Scotland, (17% of the adult population). It is estimated of those 29,000 are young carers.

Three out of five of us will become Carers at some stage in our lives. Currently approximately 1 in 7 of the Scottish population provide care and support to a family member, friend or neighbour to help that person live in their own community.

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63% of Carers in Scotland...

said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of Caring

*State of caring 2018 survey

When you become an unpaid Carer, it might be hard to know where to start. Coping day to day and responding to the needs of others can be difficult.

You are a Carer if you provide (or intend to provide) care for another person. You can be caring for any number of hours, it does not need to be regular or substantial.

You may be a parent, a partner, a son or a daughter, a sister or brother or friend to someone who needs support as a result of their illness (physical or mental illness and substance misuse), condition or disability.  If you provide them with help and support to manage their life – you are also a Carer.

There are also many hidden Carers in Scotland who haven’t been identified and are not being supported by services.

Many people don’t recognise themselves as Carers. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. Carers come from all walks of life, all cultures and can be any age.

Carers undertake many different types of tasks

  • Doing the housework
  • Getting things for the person like their medication or slippers
  • Going food shopping or helping when they go
  • Making a coffee or cup of tea
  • You might do the laundry
  • Cook the dinner
  • Help out by looking after your brothers or sisters
  • Do the washing up
  • Help get them dressed
  • Change their bandages
  • Chopping up their food
  • Attend hospital or doctors appointments with them
  • Manage their bills and paperwork, sorting and paying them
  • Make sure they take their medication correctly
  • Reading and explaining items and information
  • Help getting in and out of bed
  • Bathing and personal hygiene