A Carer is a person who provides care for a parent, child or friend who has a physical or intellectual disability, is frail aged, or has a psychiatric or chronic illness.
It isn’t necessary for the person who is cared for (the “Care Recipient”) to be a relative of the Carer. Nor is it necessary that Carer and Care Recipient live under one roof.
Carers are not paid for their work, unlike nurses and others in the caring professions. In fact Carers often have limited capacity to engage in paid employment as their caring responsibilities often occupy 24 hours a day, seven days a week.