What is a Carer? (not in paid employment as a carer)

»The term Carer has many varied interpretations, including: paid care support worker roles; those who occasionally help out a family member or friend; and those who, without payment, provide more substantial care.

»Carers from the HSC perspective are individuals who are not employed as such, but who provide a substantial amount of care, on a regular basis, for a person who would be entitled to the provision of health and social care support.

»People who come under this definition would normally be entitled to a Carers Assessment by their local HSC Trust.

»Sometimes these individuals are also called informal or family Carers.