Having the right information and advice is vital to ensure that carers don't miss out on financial and practical help that they are entitled to. Following on from Carers Rights Day, we are promoting three key steps from Carers UK for carers to find out their entitlements:
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.
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 about what practical support is available. This could be anything from 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.
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. Carers Trust Hillingdon can provide more information Carers Trust Hillingdon