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Who is a carer?

Carers could be:

  • a young person, adult or older person
  • in or out of work
  • retired
  • in education or training
  • receiving care themselves

They do not have to live in the same house as the person they care for and could be a:

  • spouse or partner
  • friend
  • relative
  • neighbour

North Ayrshire Council defines a carer as:

'individuals of all ages who provide or intend to provide on a regular basis, significant or substantial caring tasks, including assistance or support to a friend, relative or neighbour without receiving payment' (North Ayrshire Carers' Strategy 2013-18)

What supports can carers provide?

A carer could provide assistance with:

  • personal care, such as washing and dressing
  • prompting or administering medication
  • practical tasks, such as shopping or cooking
  • budgeting
  • acting on the person’s behalf through letters, phone calls and emails
  • accompanying them to appointments
  • companionship

Why do people require care?

People require care for a variety of reasons including:

When does a parent become a carer?

For some parents of children with specific needs such as physical or learning disabilities, their caring role extends beyond commonly accepted parental responsibilities – we call this additionality of care.

More information  

North Ayrshire Carers Centre
174 High Street
KA12 8AN
Tel: 01294 311 333
Fax: 01294 311 492
Email: northayrshire.carers@unity-enterprise.com