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What is a carer

A carer is someone who is looking after a partner, friend or family member who isn’t able to manage by themselves. Carers can be any age, from a child to an adult. Loved ones may need care because of an illness, disability, mental health condition, addiction, or because they’re frail. People being cared for may not be able to cope without your support. While caring can be a fulltime role, it is also an unpaid one.

This library is for all carers looking after someone who is unable to care for themselves.

If you are caring for a someone with a terminal illness, it can be both rewarding and challenging. Information from Marie Curie can help you know what to expect – from day-to-day caring to looking after your own needs. Please visit our site via the useful links.

The information available from this website is not intended to replace any advice from health, social care or other professionals. We suggest that you consult with a qualified professional about your individual circumstances. Read our legal disclaimer for more information.