Advice For Carers in Croydon.
Carers come from all backgrounds and can be any age.
Caring can be rewarding, but it can be difficult too. Here are ten important things that any carer should know to help with their caring role and make sure they get the support they are entitled to.
Definition of ‘carer’
A carer is someone who looks after and supports a friend, relative or neighbour who could not manage without their help.
This could be due to age, physical or mental illness or disability.
It does not mean a professional care worker or personal assistant who gets paid for their work.
If you are a carer, you are not alone, three in five people in the UK will become carers at some point in their lives.
The Carewell UK Handbook
The website and handbook brings together personal tips from carers along with information, tools, support and expert advice from Carers UK and Bupa both of which feature top tips and advice on what you can do to have more energy to care.
To order the handbook, call 0800 011 4777, or visit the website which has more expert advice. Top tips for carers
Financial support for carers.
If you care for someone, there is a range of financial benefits available to you and also to the person you care for.
Do not be afraid to ask for help and claim what you are entitled to. Guide to financial support for carers
Carers allowance is a taxable benefit for people who cannot work or have a low income because they are looking after someone who is ill or disabled.
You may be able to get carers allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week in your caring role. Carers allowance
If you provide care for someone aged 18 or over, your local council should carry out an assessment to see if you are entitled to any services that could make caring easier for you.
Paid work not only gives you an income, it can also boost your self esteem and give you an opportunity to meet people unconnected to your caring role.
Many employers offer help to carers. For example, it is in your employers best interest to consider flexible working patterns to help you combine working and caring. Caring for someone while working
Caring and your state pension
The state pension is based on the number of years in which you have paid or are credited with national insurance contributions.
If you are unable to work because you are caring for someone, you can still get credited with national insurance contributions.
If you are entitled to carers allowance, you will be credited automatically. Caring and your state pension
Caring for someone can be physically and emotionally demanding. Speak to your doctor (GP) about any concerns you have over your own health.
Your doctor can advise you on keeping healthy, including eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep.
Your doctor should also be able to give you information about counselling, social services and organisations for carers.
Financial support for the person you care for.
There is a wide range of disability related financial support, including benefits, tax credits, payments, grants and concessions.
If the person you care for qualifies for a benefit but is unable to make a claim themselves, you can claim on their behalf. Financial support (disabled people section)
Where to go for help
Carer to Carer is the first place to go to for information about caring for someone if you live in the Croydon area.
We also work with Croydon Council and other organisations that help carers.
If your query is more specific to a particular need you may find our support and useful links page helpful.