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Document: Carers Rights Guide (Scotland 2013-14)

This is an 11 page document from Carers UK.It gives really useful advice on the types of financial and practical help you might be entitled to.It also gives advice on work-related issues, such as taking time off work and flexible working.

Web Link: Community Care Assessment

If you or the person you're looking after has difficulty with personal care (washing and dressing, for example), you could consider getting support from social services by having a community care assessment of your needs.The assessment looks at what type of services are needed. This might include a range of things, from from aids and home adaptations to visits from care workers or residential care.

Web Link: Edinburgh Crisis Centre

This link will take you to the Edinburgh Crisis Centre. They provide support to those caring for people with mental health issues in Lothian.They offer a freephone helpline, face to face support and the opportunity to stay at their Centre for up to 7 nights. Their freephone number is 0808 801 0414 You can also text them on 0797 442 9075

Article: Money issues

What if I can't pay the bills? It can be stressful enough, worrying about a family member in Intensive Care, without the added stress of worrying about money and how you're going to pay the bills. This is especially true if your loved usually dealt with money issues, if either of you are self employed or you need to take a lot of time off work in order to visit him or her or to look after children. Can I get access to his or her bank account? You may need access to...

Web Link: NHS Choices (carer support)

This link will take you to the website of NHS Choices. This page offers a wealth of information and advice on the types of help you might be able to get after you get home, and how to access it.

Web Link: Support services for carers

This link will take you to the website of Carers' Trust (Scotland). They offer online information and advice on a whole range of issues, including respite care and looking after yourself. They have a "help directory" of local support and a lively forum and chat room where you can talk online to other carers.

Web Link: VolunteerNet (support for carers)

This link will take you to the VolunteerNet website. It's a free, easy and safe way for carers to access support from fully checked, trained and supervised volunteers. You will have to apply to join the service, so that they can help you, but it's a very simple process. What type of support can you ask for? Different types of support include: Practical support such as collecting prescriptions, giving you a lift to the shops or carer support group Spending...