Caring: A Family Affair
Caring: A Family Affair

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Caring: A Family Affair

2.3.1 A definition of an informal carer

Are we any nearer to a definition of an informal carer which goes beyond the case study? Well, three points stand out so far. An informal carer:

  1. Performs certain services for someone else with whom they already have a relationship

  2. Is not paid a wage for those services

  3. Is responsible for the welfare of someone who needs extra help with daily living, because they are ill or otherwise disabled.

I can therefore put forward a definition of an informal carer as:a person who takes unpaid responsibility for the physical and/or mental well-being of someone who cannot perform the tasks of daily living unaided, because of illness or disability.

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