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 frail, 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.


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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