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Carers' lives


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.

Read our pages on the vital must-know information about caring.

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

Real stories

With more than 5 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.

Read our real stories to find out how other carers live their lives.

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.

Read about who's out there that can help you get help with caring.

Carers' updates

All the latest information, news and advice on what's affecting carers across the country.

Read the latest information that could affect you if you look after someone.

Last reviewed: 13/01/2010

Next review due: 13/01/2012

Call Carers Direct on 0808 802 0202

Free, confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines and mobiles or you can request a free call back.

You can also ask for a 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 send a query to our advisers by email.

Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

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Using Carers Direct

Find out more about the Carers Direct website and what the service can do to help you care.