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Tips on working or studying while looking after an ill or disabled person

In work

There is support that can help you manage your time better, in order to combine working and caring. Find out more in this section.

Returning to work

Information on the support available to you if you decide you want to start working, including financial support you might be eligible for.

Leaving work

Information if you decide you need to leave work or cut down hours in order devote more time to the person you look after.


Trying to study while you're looking after someone can be hard but it can also broaden your horizons and increase your options.

Also on Choices

It's not easy to keep fit and healthy while you're juggling work with being a carer. Read more on NHS Choices about how you can look after yourself.

Last reviewed: 14/01/2010

Next review due: 14/01/2012

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