2 Who are informal carers?
2.1 When is someone an informal carer?
Section 1 explores what is meant by the term ‘informal carer’. ‘Informal carer’ is an official term that is used when the private world of the family meets the public world of formalised care provision. To distinguish the care work that is done in families from the work done by paid workers – social workers, nurses, care assistants and the like – whose job is also related to care, the term ‘informal carer’ has been coined. But how do we actually know when someone is an informal carer, as opposed to being a mother, a daughter, a father or a son?
We approach this question through a case study about the Durrants.