Carers Information

What is a carer?

A carer is an unpaid or paid member of a person’s family who helps them with activities of daily living. Carers are mostly used in situations related to old age, disability, a mental disorder or a disease.

Typical duties of a carer might include

  • taking care of someone who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.
  • managing medications or talking to doctors and nurses on someone’s behalf
  • helping to bathe or dress someone
  • or taking care of household chores, meals, or bills for someone who cannot do these things alone.


What is a young carer?

A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps to look after a relative who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. Someone who does jobs around the home such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed or move around.

The difference between a young carer and other young people is that a young carer is responsible for the care of a member of their family in a way other young people are not.

​If you are a carer, please let us know by contacting the reception team or by completing and returning the form attached.


Palfrey Health Centre Carer’s Form


Walsall Carer’s Centre Support


For more information, visit www.walsallcarers.org.