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All about caring

Caring can be complicated and confusing. Our useful information can help you cut through the red tape to find out what you need to know to get help.


Carer Doris and husband Richard Blanckley who has dementia and Parkinson's

Real stories

With around 6 million carers in England, you're sure to find someone who's faced the ups and downs of a similar caring experience to your own.


Carers' updates

Find out about what's new on Care and support and finding help near you, as well as all the latest information, news and advice on what's affecting carers across the country.


Getting help

Don't know which way to turn? There may be organisations such as doctors, local charities or the council who can help you look after someone who is ill or disabled.


Page last reviewed: 29/06/2011

Next review due: 29/06/2013

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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(l-r) Caroline Lattin-Rawstrone; Pat Wood; carer Maureen Clare

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