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Are you caring for someone who is sick or disabled or an older person who can no longer cope without help? Are you struggling with the caring or the financial consequences? There is help and support available in a range from practical help to benefits.
What is a carer? A person who helps someone with their daily personal care, helps them with eating, taking them to appointments, shopping, encouraging them to do activities or keeping them company. A carer does not have to be living with the person they care for but they are usually unpaid and spend a lot of time assisting the person.
Is the person you’re caring for receiving PIP (personal independence payment – for under 65s, DLA (disability living allowance for under 16s) or AA (attendance allowance for 65+)? If they are, then you may be eligible for Carers Allowance (CA). If they are not receiving PIP or AA, would they qualify? Check here for PIP and here for AA.
In general, if you are caring for someone or think someone is in need of care, you can request a care assessment for the person who needs the care (if they have not already had one) and a carer’s assessment for yourself. To access these, contact your local council. An assessment may result in some adaptations and equipment being provided to assist with care and are provided free if they cost less than £1,000. For instance: handrails for the stairs, bathroom grab rails or a walking frame. More major adaptations are not funded but you may be able to access a charitable fund to help if you are unable to pay for adaptations yourself. Go to Turn2Us for more information.
If you need help at home after a hospital stay, then for up to 6 weeks, free help may be available. For full information about care and support you can get for free see the NHS website. This includes information about NHS continuing healthcare and NHS funded nursing care in a Nursing home and how to access it.