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Guide to care

A step-by-step guide to the practical help, support and advice that's on offer and how to get it, including how to look after someone

Care and carers' assessments

If you provide a lot of care for someone, ask to be assessed by your local authority so that it can agree what support you need. This section explains the process and how it can benefit you.

Practical support

How to access services, aids, equipment and help to support you and how to get help with paying for this support.

Mental health support

About the support available if the person you care for has mental health problems.

Carers' rights

Carers have specific rights set out by English law. Find out how these laws can help carers get support at home and in the workplace.

Transport and care needs

Information on disability travel and mobility schemes to help with getting around.

Parent carers

Learn about the issues you may face while caring for your ill or disabled child, including how to care for them, where to get help and how to care for the rest of your family.

Vulnerable people

Information if you are concerned about a vulnerable person that you look after, including signs of abuse and what to do if you suspect abuse.

Care emergencies

Be prepared for those times when you can't look after the person you care for, and find out how local emergency schemes can help.

Different types of caring

Your situation may be very different from other people's experiences – read these pages to find tips on different kinds of caring.

Care and communication

Information on the support available to you if you're caring for someone with speech, language or communication problems.

End of life issues

All about the issues carers should consider when the person you care for is approaching the end of their life, including bereavement support after they've died.

Asylum support

If you are a carer who is seeking asylum in the UK, you may be able to get help with housing, health, education, jobs and money.

Page last reviewed: 07/01/2014

Next review due: 07/01/2016

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Planning social care

All about ways to think about your care needs based on your situation and how this will change in future, including council assessments

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Local community support schemes

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Getting respite

All about how carers can access respite care, including residential and at-home services

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