Is it true that...
I heard that...
There are many myths and rumours about caring and being a young adult carer. So being a young adult carer can be confusing enough, let alone if you're worried or concerned about things you've heard or read.
Read our mythbusters below to find out the real facts about caring!
Is it true...
Is it true if I reach out for support or register as a carer, the person I care for could get taken away by social services?
Is it true you're only a carer if the person you look after is related to you or lives in your house?
Is it true carers cost the government money?
People often worry that if they reach out for support, or tell someone they're a carer, the person they care for will be taken away by social services.
The truth is - This only happens in really extreme cases as a last resort.
Once you register as a carer, the most likely thing to happen is an increase in support and access to things you may not have realised are out there for you and the person you care for!
Sometimes people think that even though they look after someone who relies on them for their help, if they are a friend or neighbour rather than a relative, they aren't considered as carers.
The truth is - No matter who you care for, even if they don't live with you - all carers have the same rights to identification and support regardless of who they care for.
The myth that carers cost the government money couldn't be further from the truth!
The truth is - Carers make a huge contribution to society and often don't get much recognition for it. And to put it into perspective, unpaid carers actually save the government around £87 billion pounds a year!
I heard that...
I heard that you can only be a carer if the things you do are physical, like pushing a wheelchair or helping someone get dressed.
It is true that many carers undertake physical tasks to help the person they care for, like pushing wheelchairs, helping someone in and out of bed and more.
But the truth is - many people caring for someone with mental health problems don't have to assist with the physical side of caring, and often providing a large amount emotional support is just as important as helping with physical tasks.
I heard that if I register as a carer I won't be able to have a job or continue studying.
Caring can, of course, be hard and time-consuming, so often people find it hard to continue working or studying.
But the truth is - Registering as a carer means you can get access to the support you need to enable you to continue working, studying and caring.