Carers Direct

Are You a Carer?

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?

Carers Support Groups

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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.
  • Death and benefits – How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits.
  • 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.
  • Tax credits – Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible.

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone
0808 802 0202

Helpline Information

www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/carerslives/updates/pages/carersdirecthelpline.aspx

Email:
CarersDirect@nhschoices.nhs.uk

Office Hours
Lines are open 8 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday, 11 am to 4 pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.