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If you are unable to work full-time because you are caring for someone with a disability or health problem‚ you might be able to claim Carer’s Allowance. If you are under pension age‚ you will also get National Insurance credits each week towards your pension.
It may not be paid if you are receiving a State Pension or certain other benefits - however‚ it may be a good idea to apply anyway because you could get extra help with Pension Credit and/or Housing Benefit instead.
Carer’s Allowance can sometimes continue in payment for short periods if the person you care for dies or if you have a break from caring.
If you, or an older person you know needs advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence. Our advisors can provide a free benefit check to ensure that older people are accessing the benefits they are entitled to.
Last year our Advice Service dealt with more than 15,000 calls from older people in need. Call the Age NI Advice Service today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.
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Most downloads on this website are PDFs. We use this format to ensure that the document looks the same on everyone’s computer (website pages, by contrast, appear differently depending on how people have got their computer set up).
Computers use a program called Adobe Acrobat Reader to download PDFs. If you try clicking on a link to download a PDF and it doesn’t work, you will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader onto your computer.
The process is quite straightforward and is free.
PDFs cannot be changed. If you need to be able to type into a downloaded document (for example, if we are offering a letter template that you need to put your name on) we will provide it as a Microsoft Word document rather than a PDF. You can then download it, type into it and save it to your computer.
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We have made every effort to make our PDFs accessible to screen readers. Here is an overview of your accessibility options available in Acrobat Reader. Please ensure that you have downloaded the latest version of Acrobat Reader from the Adobe Reader website to ensure that they are included in your version of the programme.You can use Adobe Reader to read a PDF out loud with the following shortcut keys:
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You can convert a PDF document into a text file for use with other software and hardware such as Braille printers by opening the PDF and choosing ‘Save as text’ from the File menu.
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