Useful links for you
It is important that Carers know about and claim any benefits they are entitled to.
Carers Allowance - more information
Carers may be entitled to benefits based on their caring role and also in their own right.
The main benefit carers can be entitled to because they are caring for another person is called Carers Allowance.
Information on benefits and debts advice can be found by clicking on the following links:
Benefits adviceDebts advice
Coping with an illness or disability
If you are not able to support yourself due to illness or a disability, contact:
Health and Well-being
Access to Adult Social Care Team
Call: 0208 430 2000 Option 2
Text phone:18001 020 8430 2000
We will discuss the support you may be entitled to, and information on universal services you may be able to access.
Caring and Motor Neurone Disease: support for you
The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association has developed a guide to help you look after your own wellbeing.
Caring and MND support for you - A guide
It provides information about carers’ rights, assessments and services, and how to manage difficult emotions that you may feel when facing the demands of the caring role.
Useful links for the person you care for
Support to live independently and safely
If you or the person you care for need extra support to look after yourselves, and remain living at home. You may be entitled to:
Equipment to help youAssistive technology and Telecare Home adaptations
- Equipment or a wheelchair loan to make it easier for you to get around your home and the community
- Telecare services to support you in an emergency
- Home adaptations may help make your home safer
Newham Shared Lives Scheme gives people with support needs the opportunity to live with families or individuals in the community.
Practical support at home
Practical support like help with housework is no longer available from Adult Social Care.
However, if you feel you need some help with housework there are a number of agencies that can provide staff to help you in your home but they will charge you for this service.
Remember to take care to choose an agency that is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). You can search for registered agencies on the CQC website.
There are a number of ways you can continue to carry out daily living tasks if you start to find them difficult due to illness, frailty or disability:
Enablement (sometimes called reablement or re-enablement) is about helping you or the person you care for become more independent and improve their quality of life.
Enablement - more information
Enablement is a key part of both the Adult Social Care Services and the Adults assessment process.
All Adults who are eligible for services are considered for enablement in the first instance.