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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…

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties. It includes: emphysema - damage to the air sacs in the lungs chronic bronchitis - long-term inflammation of the airways COPD is a common condition…

Claiming income-related benefits

If you think you may be entitled to an income-related benefit, such as Income Support, Housing Benefit, Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, you should make a claim as soon as possible. You can…

Communicating with someone with dementia

Dementia is a progressive illness that, over time, will affect a person's ability to remember and understand basic everyday facts, such as names, dates and places. Dementia will gradually affect the way a person communicates. Their ability to present rational ideas…

Community support and supported living

These services help you to live independently. They help you with daily living tasks such as: managing money running a home shopping cooking staying in touch with friends and family travelling around the city Community support services will aim to…

Dementia and managing money

People with dementia need to organise their financial and legal affairs while they are able to make decisions. It's a good idea to get professional advice about wills, pensions, how to manage any financial assets you have, and how to…

Direct payments and personal budgets

Direct payments and personal budgets are offered by your local authority to give you more flexibility over how your care and support is arranged and provided. They are given to both people with care and support needs, and also to…

Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit that helps with the extra costs that disabled people face as a result of their disabilities. DLA is not means-tested, and it is tax free. You don't need to have paid any National…

Disability, discrimination and the Equality Act

The Equality Act is a law that came into effect in October 2010. It protects people from being discriminated against because of their disability. It also protects people from being discriminated against because of their caring responsibilities. The Equality Act…

Employment rights for carers

Continuing to work while caring can help you feel good about yourself and provide you with social interaction outside of your caring role. But staying in work or returning to work might feel like a daunting prospect and you may…