Who is a Carer Who is a Carer? A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member or friend. They may care for an older person, someone who is disabled, has a long term illness, mental health problems or is affected by alcohol or drug misuse. Carers can be any age, from children to older people, and from every community and culture. Some Carers may be disabled or have care needs themselves. Registering as a Carer is simple. It involves a short discussion with a Carer Support Worker to gather your contact details and information about your caring role. This can take place in the centre, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Inverclyde Health Centres, an Outreach surgery or home visit. Registering enables you to keep updated with regular newsletters and access the support and services provided by the centre.