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Resources for family carers

It’s Carers Week in the UK – a nationwide campaign that aims to raise awareness, recognise carers and help provide resources for people in a caring role.

In the UK, 1 in 8 adults are currently providing unpaid care to a friend or loved one – 2 million people each year take on a caring role.

Although it’s incredibly common, most people don’t believe they will take on a role of carer in the future.

In reality, one in five people aged 50 to 64 are carers, and in the last ten years, there has been a 35% increase in carers aged over 65.

Unpaid care is in many ways an invisible support system – the unpaid care provided by the UK’s carers is worth £132 billion a year.

Carers Week is all about recognising carers and raising awareness to help provide better support to people in that role.

Finding help online

Whether you’re a carer already or feel you may become one in future, here’s some of the best resources around the web for family carers.

 

Are you a carer? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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Shazam
19th Jun 2017
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Is it possible to get attendance allowance as I look after my husband? He has crippling arthritis in his leafs and can do nothing for himself..aside from yes dressing. I paid to have a bath removed and a walk in shower installed so he can keep himself clean. As he uses sticks to get about the house he can't make food or drink for himself.
I am therefore tied to the house making it expensive to get taxis for shopping ..as I don't drive and buses are often so slow. As well as paying someone to walk the dog as I can no longer leave him a.one except for short periods.
dcadogan
2nd Jul 2017
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Hi Sazum

I've only just joined the group so just seen your email. The government criteria for AA can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance/eligibility

It's worth having a look at. In addition, quite a few county councils are funding support for informal / family carers, and in a lot of countys there is a 'carers' organisation frequently funded by the county council to support and advise carers. For example I recently worked for Carers in Hertfordshire as the GP Liaison Officer (before moving out to Spain in semi retirement). CinH provide a hotline for queries and support for carers in the Herts area - and I'm sure other countys have something silmilar (if not as fantastic as CinH!!!! 🙂 )

If you need further info, but all means ping me a message - my email is [email protected] - if I can advise you, I will and if I don't know, I might be able to point you to someone who does. BW David

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