People become carers in different ways.
Sometimes it happens gradually – helping out more and more as a person’s health and independence declines over time. It may also happen suddenly – after a health crisis (like a stroke or heart attack) or an accident. It’s not uncommon for carers to feel that they don’t really have a choice. Even in large families the responsibility of providing care is often left to one person rather than being shared. Many carers feel that caring is what they should do.