'A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help due to illness, disability, mental ill health or a substance misuse problem.' (Carers UK)
Do I have to be caring full-time? No. You could be caring full time, and have had to give up your job or your retirement. Or you could be juggling caring duties with a part-time job, or be working full time and providing care in the evenings and weekends. Other family members or friends, paid carers or social services may also be helping.
Do I have to be caring long-term? No. You may be in a supportive role for many years. Or you might just be caring for someone while they’re ill.
Do I have to be of working age? No. You can be any age and be a carer. From a pensioner looking after their spouse to a young child who takes on caring duties for a parent or other family member.