Renfrewshire Council

What a working unpaid carer is

What a working unpaid carer is, the impact of caring for someone, self-care and support for carers.

A working carer is an employee who provides unpaid care for someone who is older, seriously ill or has a disability. This can include:

  • emotional support
  • practical support, such as managing hospital appointments
  • help with household tasks or shopping
  • managing finances
  • personal care
  • medical care.

You may not realise that you are a carer. You could be:

  • sharing caring responsibilities for someone with your partner or other family members
  • travelling to provide care for a family member before or after work, or at weekends
  • caring for someone in your own home.

The impact of caring for someone

Caring can have an impact on someone's life such as:

  • getting a night's sleep
  • staying healthy
  • maintaining relationships with friends and family
  • holding down your job
  • having a life outside of caring.

Carers often face lots of challenges, including:

  • stress and anxiety, emotional ups and downs, or feeling isolated
  • physical strain
  • worrying about taking time off
  • lack of information or support, or knowing where support is available
  • not having anyone to turn to at work
  • performance issues at work or turning down promotional opportunities
  • not having a break from caring
  • not being able to juggle work and caring anymore
  • the stigma of being a carer.

Your health matters to us

We recognise how challenging life can get at times. Especially if you work and have caring responsibilities.

But no matter how busy we are, and no matter how much we have to cope with, it's always important to find ways to look after your own health and wellbeing, especially when times are hard.

The  is a great place to start when looking for ideas on how you can find new ways to keep well.

You'll find lots of useful information, advice and links to other websites and organisations including Renfrewshire Leisure who have a great range of resources for supporting your wellbeing at home

Watch this short presentation from our colleague Diane Connor and learn about her strategy for looking after her own wellbeing with what she calls her 'Life Toolkit'.


You can find help and advice for looking after your own health and wellbeing on the National Wellbeing hub including:

The Carers Trust website has health and wellbeing advice for you and the person you care for about:

  • equipment, adaptations and telecare
  • pharmacies and medicines
  • relationships with your partner, family and friends
  • tackling loneliness
  • emergencies
  • guidance on coronavirus
  • taking care of yourself
  • when caring ends.

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