Do you look after someone who is frail, ill or disabled?
If you do please let us know – we may be able to help you We can pass your details to Eden Carers who can offer you confidential support and information. Eden Carers also provides a variety of training opportunities for Carers, Volunteers and Professionals. You can also have your needs assessed. A Carers Assessment is a chance to talk about your needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It can also look at the needs of the person you care for. 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:
- Telling people
Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you’re a carer is important so they understand and can support you.
- Taking a break
Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it’s essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.
- Housing and carers
Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?
Contact Carers Direct
- Telephone: 0808 802 0202
- Helpline Information: http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/carerslives/updates/pages/carersdirecthelpline.aspx
- Email: [email protected]
- Office Hours: Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.
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 person you care for
Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.
- Death and benefits
How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits.
- Managing someone’s legal affairs
Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after.
- 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.
- Personal and household finance
Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carers.
- Social fund
- Tax credits
Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible.