On average, it takes two to three years for a person to realise they are a carer. In many cases, there is a gradual increase in the amount of caring that a person does and it is considered to be a part of life, what one does - it’s natural to want to look after and care for the other person. It may be only when the amount of care becomes more substantial that that person realises they are a carer. In the meantime, they may have missed out on benefits and other forms of assistance that are available.
For others, such as in the case of someone looking after a stroke victim or someone who has had an accident, the change might be quite sudden and life is suddenly turned upside down.
Providing care and support to a loved one can be immensely rewarding but it can also take it’s toll on the carer. If you are a carer, it’s likely you may experience or feel: