Thousands of caring individuals are unaware of support that is available to them according to carers organisations.
That news has prompted an annual awareness campaign to identify friends, neighbours and family members who are coping or struggling to cope on their own.
National Carers Week from Friday-Thursday, June 9-15, was supported by Sainsbury’s in Linlithgow which host a drop-in session with representatives from British Red Cross Home From Hospital, Cyrenians, Age Scotland and Carers of West Lothian.
Depending upon eligibility, carers may be entitled to financial help - particularly if looking after soneone who is already receiving attendance allowance - as well as valuable advice or just a listening ear.
A spokeswoman for Carers UK explained that people who find themselves in a traditional caring role - cooking, shopping, vacuuming, putting on a washing and hanging it out, and making the beds - don’t realise that this a recognised caring role for which there is a mass of untapped support.
It is these ‘hidden’ carers that Sainsbury’s Carers’ Week Quest aimed to identify.
Helena Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK said: “Often families go for years caring for an older or disabled love one without the advice and support they need.”
Sainsbury’s store manager, Scott McNeill, added: “Carers play such an important part in our community and we’re proud to help highlight the support that’s available in Linlithgow.”