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Practical guide to caring

Information on how to get practical support with looking after someone

Your rights

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


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 in your caring role, and how to get help with paying for this support.

Other support

This section explains the support services that can help you to get around and live a full life, including transport schemes and health services.


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.

End of life issues

Issues to consider when the person you care for is approaching the end of their life, and bereavement support after they've died.


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

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.

Parent caring

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.

Last reviewed: 02/09/2009

Next review due: 02/09/2011

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