Are you a Carer

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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you

There is a wealth of information on the NHS website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful but also if you want to get in contact with local services please try Durham Carers Support and they have a few helpful guides DCCS_leaflet and Carer_info_booklet

Perhaps the best page to access is the GP Carers Register page because as the page says we keep a register of all patients that are caring for someone who is either unwell or disabled. This helps staff understand the condition of the person you care for and to look out for warning signs of illness that are common amongst Carers and helps those they care for. When registered we can look at flexible appointments, extra support, possible home visits and help with prescriptions. All registered carers are also eligible for free flu vaccinations.

Contact Carers Direct

0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

  • Benefits for carers

    Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

  • Benefits for the under-65s

    Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to.

    Benefits for the over-65s

    Advice and information on financial support for older people with a disability or illness.

  • Carer's Assement

    How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

  • Other benefits

    Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring

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