Care work is rewarding work, whether you’re doing it for a family member or as your main job. It’s also demanding work!
A Carer is typically someone who looks after a family member, a neighbour or a friend. You don’t have to be related to the person you look after.
The person you look after can require care for any reason. Perhaps they are elderly or have a disability. They may have long term illness, a mental health condition or drug or alcohol dependency.
If you’re a Carer, you may qualify for an allowance or reliefs may be available.
A Care Worker is employed by a company, agency or charity. You’ll have regular shifts/hours that you work, full- or part-time. As you get paid for your work, you can’t claim Carer’s Allowance but you may qualify for tax relief on things like travel expenses.