Be a caring person - Be a Carer
Caring for a disabled or sick person is not just about their material
needs. Disability requires a change of thinking and can be hard to adjust to.
Pleasure and laughter that most take for granted are much harder to attain for
a disabled person. Feeling ill on a cold dull day is much worse than when sunny
and warm. A carer can bring this rare sunny warmth to a disabled person enabling
them to cope much better with their disability and pain.
Caring can be both financially
rewarding and give one a tremendous feeling of satisfaction. If you are currently
unemployed, retired, low income or disabled yourself you may be eligible for a
carers grant by spending 35 hours or more helping a disabled person, even if it
is only for companionship or just to keep an eye on them. The current rates depend
on your situation. If your receive benefits, then you receive additional money.
Additionally pension class 1 national insurance stamps are credited for you and
there are other benefits or help you may be entitled to. You may also receive
expenses towards your personal pension scheme, looking after your children and
some other expenses incurred.
These are examples of what you may
be entitled to. However the rates do change from time to time. Please bear this
in mind when looking at the amounts listed as some will increase accordingly as
changes in the economy take effect. For the latest rates click on the link
below. It will take you to the DSS - A to Z benefits and services index page.
From there you can find out the relevant information that you require and the
latest rates as they list them.
information. You can get booklet DS700 from the Post Office
or telephone free on 0800 882200
You may also be entitled to carer holidays
and help in other things. Your local social services may help or get in touch
with The Carers National Association. 20-25 Glasshouse Yard. London. EC1 4JS
Tel 0345 573369 (open 10 -12 & 2 - 4).
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caring and sympathetic person with a desire to help others. You may be retired,
unemployed, on low income or have a disability yourself. The person you care for
must be receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA); Attendance Allowance or Constant
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR CARE.
of Health are introducing Direct Payments to those in need of or already receiving
care from the Social Services. This gives total independence to choose the daily
amount of care and who from. For more information check out the web site athttp://www.open.gov.uk/doh/directp.htm
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