Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible.
The person you care for may be able to get help with the extra costs of being disabled or having a long term health condition. See if they can claim:
- Housing and Heating Costs
- Pension Credit (extra money for pensioners on a low income)
- Attendance Allowance
Do you have an illness or disability that means you need extra help at home? If so, you might be able to get a benefit called Attendance Allowance.
The quickest and easiest way to make a claim is by phoning 0800 055 6688. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. You won’t need to complete this form as staff will call you back and talk you through the claim. You can ask someone to be on the call with you. This could be a friend, relative or support worker. If you ﬁnd long calls difﬁcult, you can take a break and they will call you back.
- Tax Credits
- Health and Care costs
- Grants and Discounts
- Working Age Benefits
- Universal Credit – Universal Credit has been introduced to give you the support you need to find and progress in work. We want you to be able to benefit from all the positives that work brings.
- Carers Credit
If the person you care for claims Attendance Allowance you may be able to claim Carer’s Credit. Carer’s Credit pays National Insurance contributions on your behalf so that you don’t miss out on your state pension later because of your caring responsibilities.
- Emergency financial support
Taking care of yourself
Nutrition – an important but often hidden issue for carers and their families, with 60% of carers worrying about the nutrition of the person they care for.
Coping with stress and depression – can affect anyone, but the pressure and expectations of caring can make carers particularly vulnerable.
Counselling Directory was set up by a team who know how difficult it can be to find support. Through their own experiences of mental health issues, they have learnt how important having relevant information is and how the right support can help transform lives. Their team is passionate about counselling and we want to promote the huge benefits talk therapy can have.
Their website is a confidential service that encourages those in need to seek help and to connect individuals with qualified counsellors in the UK. The site contains information on the common reasons people turn to counselling, as well as articles, news, and events. To ensure the professionalism of the website, all counsellors have provided qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.
Carers Leads in Herefordshire GP practices
Deciding to care or continue caring for someone who is coming out of hospital and who can no longer care for themselves in the same way as before can be very difficult. This factsheet outlines your rights as a carer during the hospital discharge procedure, the steps that should be followed before the person you care for is discharged from hospital, and what to do if things go wrong. This factsheet applies to people living in England.
As a carer you need to know that if an emergency happens, replacement care will get sorted out speedily and efficiently.
- Contingency planning with Herefordshire Carers Support
- Carers Emergency Card Scheme
Herbert Protocol Missing Person Incident Form – Carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, a form recording all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located, a photograph etc. In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily sent or handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information.
Emergency planning (Carers UK)
St Mary’s in Mind – A group of local Parents whose children go to St Mary’s and have mental health condition including: self harming, eating disorders and more.
Ross Meeting Centre – A new local service for people with mild/ moderate dementia. Providing support for both people with dementia and their carers. A person centred approach giving shared benefits. Email Ross Meeting Centre
Leominster Meeting Centre – For people with dementia and their carers. Open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am – 4pm. You are welcome to pop in for a coffee, join in activities or spend the day. Contact Debbie Powney on 01432 371137 or email.
Carers in Mind – In partnership with Herefordshire Carers Support, provide group meetings for people who care for a friend, neighbour or family member coping with a mental health problem. Meetings will help you explore how to cope, how best to offer support, how to look after your own wellbeing, and let you know you are not on your own. Find out more.
Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction
ADT Healthcare is a free helpline for people affected by drug and alcohol addiction. The service is particularly helpful for family members affected by a loved one’s addiction. Website: www.adt-healthcare.com Tel: 0800 088 66 86
- DESH – Second hand disability equipment for sale/free in Herefordshire
- Adaptations and Telecare
Pharmacies and Medicine
A Carers Guide to Managing Medicines by Carers Trust
Dementia and Alzheimers
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- National Autistic Society (NAS) Herefordshire Branch – supporting People & Families Living with Autism within Herefordshire
- Children’s Sleep Charity Manifesto
- Potty/toilet training – practical tips and advice on how to approach this issue
- Feeding and eating – if a child refuses food or has difficulty with eating, it can leave parents feeling very anxious, helpless and frustrated.
Practical support for bereaved parents by Contact
The death of a child will always be a distressing time, whatever the circumstances. At this very difficult time certain practical arrangements need to be made, and you may wish to ask friends or relatives to help you.
You may find that looking after someone can put a strain on your relationships with people who are important to you, whether that’s a partner, family, friends or somebody else.
Caring for someone can be very rewarding and can bring you closer together, but it can also be challenging and sometimes upsetting.
- Making a Will
- Lasting Power of Attorney
Free legal advise available at Herefordshire Carers Support with Kidwells Solicitors and Just Wills. Contact us to book.
- Avoiding scams and fraud
- Legal guide to dealing with Dementia
- Becoming a deputy
- Helping someone manage their money
- Complaints and advocacy
- Carers and the law.
- What does a Carers Assessment cover?
- Who pays for support?
- Who can have a Carers Assessment?
- What happens after a Carers Assessment?
- Herefordshire Carers Support short breaks database
- Hft Family Support Service ‘2017 holiday information guide’
- Public transport
- How do I arrange transport to and from hospital?
- Community transport
- Lions Community Transport scheme
- Community Wheels – a community car scheme for people in Central & North Herefordshire who are unable to use public transport and have no access to private transport of their own.
- Travelling with equipment and medicine
- Travelling with a Medical Condition – helpful travel tips and information showcasing some of the common problems associated with travelling abroad whilst having a health condition.
- Who can help me fill in a blue badge application?
Free entry for carers to visitor attractions
Libraries and Carers
The Mobility scheme
- Buying Care Guide
LGBTQI+ Disabled People say there are many benefits to using self-directed support, such as having more choice and control over their care. But there are also challenges. For example, they fear coming out to personal assistants or support workers because their care might be jeopardised.
- Care Homes
- Directory of approved residential care homes in Herefordshire
- Paid care at home
- Directory of approved domiciliary care providers in Herefordshire
- Sitting and befriending services
- Hobbies, sports and activities
- Paying for respite
- Flexible working
- Support for working carers
- Finding paid work
- Studying and training
- How employers can support Carers