Carers

Fact sheets

Caring can have a negative impact on a carer’s financial situation due to additional costs incurred and changed availability for work.
Caring for someone can have implications on your pension. In order to receive a full basic State Pension you must have made a certain amount of National Insurance contributions.
You can request a carer’s assessment through your local council if you care for someone aged 18 or over regularly and spend a substantial amount of time doing so.
People suffering from dementia, when they find their mental abilities in decline, often feel vulnerable and need reassurance and support.
The law allows people who no longer feel able to look after their own affairs to assign somebody to make decisions on their behalf at a later date.
If you are a carer, knowing what support is available to you in an emergency is important.
A relatively modern form of care, palliative care concentrates on reducing the severity of a disease or slowing its progress rather than looking for a cure.
Everyone is talking about Personal Budgets and making choices to select exactly what service you want. Here is our question-and-answer guide to what it all means.
Personal care budgets allow users of social care to take control of the budget to pay for their own social care services.
There is support available to you as a carer. Services are available to allow you to take a break during the day or to go to work.
Telecare can help to provide peace of mind and independence for carers and the people for whom they are caring.
Young carers are young people under the age of 18 who take on the same responsibilities as an adult in caring for a family member with an illness, disability, mental health condition or alcohol or drug dependency problem, for example.

External factsheets & publications

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Caring for Dementia
Dementia Carers Pathways
Personal Health Budgets: The views of service users & carers
Recognised, Valued, Supported: Next Steps for the Carers Strategy
An HM Government policy document

Useful links

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British Red Cross
Care Quality Commission Newsletter
Carers Contact Newsletter
Carers Direct
Carers UK
Carers UK News Releases
Counsel & Care Mailing List
Crossroads Care
Crossroads Care General News
Directgov: Information for Carers
Samaritans
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers