Every day, another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility and, by 2037, it’s anticipated that the number of carers in the UK will increase to 9 million. To coincide with Carers Week 2018, Independent Age, the older people’s charity, has launched a new, free advice guide to help people identify as carers, and access the practical, financial and emotional support available to them.
The guide, called ‘Caring for someone: How to get the support you need’, is suitable for anyone who might be a carer. It explains carers rights, and the benefits, services and support available to help look after someone else. It also looks at what happens when a caring role ends.
Caring can be a positive experience but can also be emotionally and physically challenging. Many older carers have long-term health problems or a disability themselves. ‘Caring for someone’ contains information and advice for everyone, regardless of how much care they provide, including how to apply for a carer’s assessment, which can assess the impact of a caring role on your wellbeing.
Many people look after someone else but don’t realise that they are carers, and up to 35% of carers miss out on state benefits because they didn’t realise they could claim them. If you’re looking after someone regularly to help them with their daily life because they’re ill or disabled, or can’t manage without your support, then you may be a carer.
Lucy Harmer, Director of Services at Independent Age, says, “Caring for someone can be rewarding but it can also be hard work and at times it may seem overwhelming. Therefore it’s important to be aware of the financial and practical support which can make caring for someone else easier. It’s vital you take good care of yourself to give you the strength to go on caring. Our new guide contains advice on identifying as a carer, the range of support available to you, and what happens when your caring role ends.”
‘Caring for someone’ is free to order and download from www.independentage.org/caring-for-someone, or can be ordered for free by calling 0800 319 6789.
To make a donation or find out more about how you can support the work of Independent Age and help older people stay independent, please visit www.independentage.org.