1.7 Key points
In the key points box below we sum up the main ideas introduced so far. You can use it now to check that you have grasped the main ideas, and later the key points will remind you of the content.
An informal carer is defined as a person who, without payment, does some tasks for someone (or some people) who are unable to do them for themselves.
Informal carers care for people whose needs for help in daily living are seen to be greater than normal.
Being a carer involves doing things for others on a regular basis. It can be a 24-hour commitment or it can be less intense.
It is important to be able to identify carers if help and support are to be offered to them.
Identifying carers can be difficult: many people who care for relatives do not see themselves as carers, and in some relationships identifying the carer is complicated because there is interdependence.