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Caring for more than one person

Caring for more than one person is a challenge, especially as you can only claim Carer’s Allowance once, even if you're looking after more than one person. However, there may be other sources of support for both you and the people you're caring for. Read our pages on practical support to see how you may be able to get help.

There's also information on the financial help for support services that you and the people you're looking after are entitled to.

One of the main ways of accessing practical support is by having a carer’s assessment for yourself and an assessment for the person you're looking after. See our carers' assessment pages for more information.

When making a carer’s assessment, the local authority of the person you're looking after has a duty to consider how it can support you if you wish to undertake education, training or any leisure activity. Our section on caring and studying gives ideas about how to get some all-important time to yourself.

If you're looking after more than one person, you may worry about what will happen to them if, in an emergency, you're unable to look after them. Our section on emergencies has information on how to plan for such a situation.

Caring for more than one person in the family

John and Bev both care for their mothers and their son Nathan, 17. The couple represents what's commonly known as 'sandwich carers' – people who care for a younger- and older-generation relative. Follow a day in Bev's life to find out how she copes and where she finds support.

Media last reviewed: 12/07/2013

Next review due: 12/07/2015


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Call Carers Direct on 0300 123 1053

Confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), 11am to 4pm at weekends. Request a free call back or an interpreted call back in one of more than 170 languages including ربي, বাংলা, 中文, Français, ગુજરાતી, Polski, Português, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Soomaali, Español, Türkçe and .اردو.

You can talk to an adviser live online or send a query by email.

Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

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Find out if you qualify for support from social services through a carer's assessment

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