What support can I get as a carer?

Many people who provide unpaid care are unaware of their rights. Find out more about the help and support you are entitled to.
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If you provide unpaid care for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, or another problem, cannot cope without support, you may be entitled to help.

To help you access financial and practical support, we share three steps that Carers UK suggest you can take. 

1. Get a benefits check

Get a full benefits check to see what financial support you may be entitled to. The Carer's Allowance is the main carer's benefit, but this could also include tax credits, council tax discounts or help with fuel costs.

You can get a personalised benefits check online. It will take about 20 minutes to complete.

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2. Find out about practical support

Caring for a loved one can be very physically and mentally demanding, so it's important to find out from you local council what practical support is available. This support could include equipment to make caring easier or information about local support groups that can help. All carers are entitled to a carer’s assessment from their local council. This could result in the carer, or the person they are caring for, being able to get additional help or support.

To find out more contact adult social services at your local council and ask for a carer's assessment.

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3. Connect with others

Caring can be very isolating, but there are lots of different ways that you can connect with people in similar situations. You can find local support groups for you to attend in person, or benefit from the wealth of online forums.

To find out more about your rights, tailored to your situation, take a look at Upfront - Carers UK's online tool, or read their Carers’ Rights Guide for more information.

Find out more

To find out more about your rights, tailored to your situation, take a look at Upfront - Carers UK's online tool, or read their Carers’ Rights Guide for more information.

Read the Carer's Rights Guide

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You can help make health and care services better by sharing your experiences and ideas. Talk to your local Healthwatch.

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