Who is a carer?
Carers play a vital role in our community and they have been at the forefront of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Many people who have someone who depends on them for support don’t consider themselves a carer yet they are fundamental to the effort to keep people safe throughout this crisis.
You are a carer if you give up your time without pay, to look after someone who couldn’t cope without your support. You could be looking after a family member, a partner, a friend, a neighbour who is ill, frail, has a disability or issues with drugs or alcohol. You may support the person you care for with things such as cooking, cleaning, helping to get dressed or emotional support, etc. You may live in the same home as the person you provide care for or you may live in a different home.
Who is a young carer?
You are a young carer if you are a child or young adult under 18 who spends time looking after or helping a member of your family, or close friend. The support you provide could be helping with everyday tasks that your family member or close friend can no longer manage because of illness or disability. Also, you may be providing regular and ongoing care and emotional support to your family member or close friend who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or has issues with drugs or alcohol.
On these pages you will find information about caring for someone during COVID-19 and the support available to you.
For more information about Adult Social Care in Camden, including your right to have your needs considered through a carers assessment or young carers needs assessment, visit camdencarechoices.camden.gov.uk/support-and-advice-for-carers