When someone is unwell carers provide support and direct care. They may be family, a neighbour or a friend. They may care for a few hours a week or all day every day.
This can be emotionally and physically demanding. Supporting and helping the carer will help both them and the patient. If someone is living alone they may have a special need for practical help to enable them to remain at home if they wish to do so.
The help provided by family and friends is of real benefit. Sometimes people don't get involved because they don't know how to help. There are many simple ways that people can help.
Last updated 14 February 2017