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There are more than five million people in England who look after an ill or disabled partner, child, relative or friend.

If you're caring for a family member, you may not consider yourself a carer: but a carer is anyone who looks after a family member, partner or friend because of their illness, disability or frailty.

Caring for someone can be a varied and demanding job. You may have been forced to leave your job, give up hobbies and stop socialising, which can be isolating. You may experience stress, and difficult feelings towards the person you're caring for.

It's important to remember that you're not alone and that there is support available. By law, you're entitled to a free health and social care assessment, which you can access through your local authority. The assessment will look at the possibility of you getting practical and financial help. Find out more about health and social care assessments at Carers Direct.

Being a carer means that you may be entitled to certain financial benefits, especially if you have to give up work. Find out more about carers' benefits on Carers Direct.

Carers can also get help with breaks from caring from local authorities or organisations such as Crossroads Care. You can find out about getting time off on Carers Direct.

Medical Review: July 23, 2012
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