AMELIE-BENOIST / BSIP / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY AMELIE-BENOIST / BSIP / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Reportage on family carers. A family carer is a person who helps someone in their family when they lose their autonomy, due to illness or old age. Mimie had to go and live in her mother's apartment when her father died. Mimie's mother, who is 98, cannot walk any more and has to be helped in all her daily activities. She requires constant attention which limits Mimie to 4 hours off per week, during which a female attendant helps out. The situation of family carers is largely unknown in France, to such an extent that in many cases, carers don't even know they are carers. Yet there are 8.3 million people aged 16 or over, who regularly help out at one of their close family member's homes.
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