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Dealing with the practicalities

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • Chanelle

Whilst you may not be ill, you will often have to carry alot of the emotions that come with caring for someone you love, and you may feel you need support coping with all of this.

Who is a carer?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a friend or family member who may be ill, frail or disabled.

The law defines a carer as someone who cares for:

- Their spouse (husband, wife, partner or civil partner)

- A child under 18 years of age

- Someone who lives at the same address as the carer

- A near relative (parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents)

It is important to remember a carer is protected from direct discrimination and harassment at work under the Equality Act 2010.

Financial support

Being diagnosed with a blood cancer can become expensive for both the person you care for you as a carer. Additional costs may include: travel to and from hospital, car parking, meals etc. You may also suffer from a reduction of work hours as a result of becoming a carer. Here is some information about the help available.

Carer's allowance:

This is the main benefit for carers and is paid on a weekly basis. To be eligible for this benefit you should:

- Be 16 years old or over

- Be caring for a person who receives the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), or Attendance Allowance (AA)

- Be caring for at least 35 hours a week

Carer's credit:

Carers who are not entitled to claim carer's allowance can claim for carer's credit. This is a national insurance credit for people of working age who are caring for someone for more than 20 hours a week. This credit will help carers to protect their future state pension.

Emotional support

As a carer, there may be times when you need to talk to somebody impartial who is not involved in the life of the person you are caring for. We have a group of dedicated care and support advisers who are available all day, every day, on our 24-hour freephone CARE Line. Simply call 08088 010 444 to talk to one of us.

If you are a carer and would like to receive a free copy of our 'caring for carers' booklet, please call 08088 010 444. Carers UK is also a great source for information.

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