Information for Carers
Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.
There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.
- A guide to care and support: Information for carers and people who have care & support needs.
- Caring for someone: Advice on providing care, medicines etc.
- Care after hospital: Providing care for people who have been recently discharged from hospital.
- Taking a break: Caring for someone can be a full-time job - find out about accessing breaks and respite care.
- Support and benefits for carers: Caring for someone can be a full-time job - find out about accessing breaks and respite care.
- Work and Disability: Guidance, support and help with employment issues.
- Being a young carer: Advice for carers 18 or under and their entitlement to support
Finance and Law
Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.
- Benefits for carers: Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role
- Benefits for the under-65s: Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.
- Benefits for the over-65s: Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.
- Carer's Assement: How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits
- Other benefits: Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring
Contact Carers Direct
Telephone: 0808 802 0202
Office Hours: Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
Carers What's On Guide
Sometimes people find that their caring role can make them feel lonely and disconnected with their community. If you are looking after someone else it is easy to put your own needs second, but it is important to try and maintain a balance in your life and have some time for yourself.
Carers FIRST runs a wide range of groups and activities for carers which is published in our quarterly "What's On Guides". Activities include:
peer support groups which give carers the opportunity to meet others who may be in a similar situation to them. It can help your own well being to talk to others who have lived experience of caring and understand your feelings and challenges and who will not judge but offer support
workshops on topics such as looking after yourself and planning for the future
activities and trips such as days out and afternoon tea
We also include information from other local organisations which we think may be of interest to carers and their family.
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