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Carers' assessments: what happens next

After a carers' assessment, your council will contact you about its decision. If you have "eligible" needs, your council will talk to you about what help might be available. This will be based on the information you gave them during your assessment. If you do not have…

Carers' breaks and respite care

Your carer's assessment may identify that you need a break from caring from time to time. Equally, the person you care for may also want to have a break without you. See Accessible day trips and activities for help planning their trip. Replacement care and respite care Replacement…

Caring for an alcoholic

If you're a carer for a problem drinker, finding help can be a frustrating experience. People who care for problem drinkers sometimes have to struggle to get the recognition and support they're entitled to. "They have not always been perceived as 'legitimate' carers," says Drew Lindon…

Caring for children with complex needs

If your child has been diagnosed with an illness, disability or sensory impairment that needs a lot of additional support for them to live day to day, they might be described as having "complex needs". A child might have complex needs from birth, or following…

Caring for older relatives

Looking after an older disabled relative can have practical, financial and emotional challenges. But help and support is available. The Carers Trust answers some of your common questions on where to find practical and emotional support. I've just started to care for an older relative. What help…

Caring for someone with autism

If you care for someone with autism, their wellbeing will be your main concern but don't ignore your own needs. Getting help and support and the occasional break will be good for you as well as the person under your care. Benefits and help for…

Children and bereavement

The following information could help if your child has lost a loved one or if a loved one is dying. If your child has a loved one who's dying If a child has a loved one who is going to die, they can benefit from special support.…

Children with a serious condition or special needs

Find out what support is available, and how to get it, if your child has a serious condition or special needs. Learning that your child has a disability or illness is bound to be stressful and upsetting. It's a good idea to get as much information as…

Choosing care services

Choosing your care services can be a daunting prospect. There are many care options available, but which kind of support is right for you? Think about what you get most out of in life. You may have particular interests that you want to keep up,…

Cocaine addiction: get help

If cocaine is damaging your relationships, work, money situation or health you can get help to stop on the NHS. You don't have to be taking cocaine, or crack cocaine, every day to be addicted to it. One sign of addiction is that you have tried…
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