Carers are the people that voluntarily look after the needs of a family member. They are firmly committed to the tasks they do and these can vary from almost any job to simply watching and listening possibly most of the day and night.
In the UK there are an estimated 6 million family carers. If the national agencies and statutory bodies had to provide paid workers to provide this care, the cost would be in the region of £87 billion per year.
Research has shown that most carers report that their own health suffers as a result of their caring responsibilities.
The role of caring can be very stressful and tiring and it is important that you seek help before you get to the state where you are so exhausted you can’t even make the effort to look for the help you need.