Did you know that three in five of us will be carers at some point in our lives? – Whether it’s caring for an ill partner or friend, an elderly parent or a disabled child. Despite the large numbers of us that will at some point care for someone else many of us aren’t actually aware of the help that is available to us.
Just like anyone, carers have certain rights and it’s important that you know what they are – it can be easy to overlook your own needs as a carer but you mustn’t forget that there is always help available.
If you regularly provide care for someone then you should contact your social services and request a Carer’s Assessment. After the assessment you will be informed of any needs that have been identified and any help or support you are entitled to.
You may be eligible to receive a Carer’s Allowance or respite care to allow you to have a break from your caring responsibilities. You could also receive assistance from social services whether that is in the form of practical help or help with managing stress.
If you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a disabled person then you may be entitled to a Carer’s Allowance. It’s worth bearing in mind it’s not something you can receive if you are in full time education or are earning more than £100 a week. You may not be eligible if you’re receiving a state pension – however you should always apply anyway as you may be able to get extra pension credit, council tax or housing benefit.
Here at TPG Disable Aids Ltd we sell a wide range of disability aids and mobility equipment and have a wealth of experience when it comes to working alongside carers. We are always on hand to offer advice and information, so if there is anything you think you or the person you are caring for could benefit from get in touch and we will always endeavour to help you out.