Being the carer of a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill can have a huge impact on your own life. We offer advice on how to look after yourself and get the support that you need.
If you're wondering what kind of help would be best for your relative or friend, our Care advice tool can give you some guidance about housing options, day-to-day living arrangements and how to pay for care.
Use our Care services directory to find care homes and domiciliary care anywhere in the UK. You can also find support groups for people affected by dementia.
In this guide
A carer is anyone who provides unpaid help and support to relative or friend who is seriously ill, disabled or unable to cope alone.
When you’re busy caring for someone else it can be easy to forget about your own needs, but looking after your mental and physical health is important.
Caring can be lonely at times but you are not alone. Talking to others can help and we offer advice on where to turn for further support.
If you’re struggling to provide care for a loved one on your own there is help and support available. We explain your options.
John cares full time for his wife Dorothy (82), who has dementia.
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Jennifer lives in Manchester and has helped to care for her father, her mother and her aunt. All had various forms of dementia.
Read Jennifer's story