Porter Brook Medical Centre's Carers Section


A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability

A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 who looks after somebody who has an illness, disability or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. Young carers are particularly vulnerable as they often take on practice and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

Caring Responsibilities

The tasks undertaken by carers can be vary according to the nature of the illness or disability and the level and frequency of the need for care. Carers may do some or all of the following:

  • Practical tasks e.g. cooking, housework, shopping
  • Physical care e.g. lifting, assisting with mobility, providing physiotherapy
  • Personal care e.g. dressing, washing, helping with toileting need
  • Managing the household budget, collecting prescriptions
  • Administering medications and medical devices
  • "Parenting" younger siblings
  • Providing emotional support
  • Interpreting, due to a hearing or speech impediment or because English is not the first language

Helpful Information for Carers

Practical Guide to Healthy Caring

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