Am I a Carer? Expand A carer looks after a friend, partner, family member or someone in the community who needs help due to illness, disability or frailty. Carers are unpaid but may still receive welfare benefits like Carers Allowance. You do not have to care full time or live with the person you care for or receive Carers Allowance to be a carer. Caring for someone covers lots of different things, including: Personal care – help with washing, dressing, eating and taking medication Practical care – shopping, cooking, cleaning and help to attend appointments Emotional support if someone is isolated or gets worried and anxious.