A Carer is a PERSON.

A Carer is a PERSON who is either providing or intending to provide a substantial amount of unpaid care on a regular basis for someone who is disabled, ill or frail.

A Carer is usually a family member, friend or neighbour and does not include Care Workers (Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995.)

Note: This NHS Business Definition is referenced by the approved Information Standard SCCI1580: Palliative Care Co-ordination: Core Content (Formerly End of Life Care).


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