A person, usually a relative, parent, spouse, partner, child, or friend, who provides regular and substantial voluntary care, often in lieu of a paid care worker, to someone who is disabled, severely ill, frail or has a mental health problem.
Sue McLintock, Manager of the Carer Positive Awards, added: 'We are delighted to present this award to the University of Strathclyde, which leads the way in becoming the first University to be recognised as a Carer Positive 'Exemplary' employer.
This could include the promotion of assistive technology such as the use of remote monitoring, smart switches and automated medication reminders that can provide the working carer with peace of mind enabling them to focus better on their work.
In Dumfries and Galloway, more than 10 per cent of the estimated 15,000 carers are registered, with 29 per cent of them giving up more than 50 hours of their time a week to support those who depend on them.
Other services that people with dementia and their families are referred to include Alzheimers New Zealand, Carer Support, Age Concern, regional health services for older people and mental health services for older people.