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Guide to care

A step-by-step guide to the practical help, support and advice that's on offer and how to get it, including how to look after someone

Carers' rights

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

Care and carers' assessments

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 and how to get help with paying for this support.

Mental health support

About the support available if the person you care for has mental health problems.

Transport and care needs

Information on disability travel and mobility schemes to help with getting around.


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.

Vulnerable people

Information if you are concerned about a vulnerable person that you look after, including signs of abuse and what to do if you suspect abuse.

Care emergencies

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.

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.

Care and communication

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

End of life issues

All about the issues careres should consider when the person you care for is approaching the end of their life, including bereavement support after they've died.

Asylum support

If you are a carer who is seeking asylum in the UK, you may be able to get help with housing, health, education, jobs and money.

Last reviewed: 04/10/2011

Next review due: 04/10/2013

Call Carers Direct on 0808 802 0202

Free, confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), 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 talk to an adviser live online or send a query by email.

Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

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Local community support schemes

Find out how the Southwark Circle, a south London community group, helps local residents like carer Ivy and her husband John manage their lives.

Getting respite

All about how carers can access respite care, including residential and at home services.

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