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Helping an older relative or friend

Although caring for an older person can be rewarding, it can sometimes be tough too. You may not even think of yourself as a carer or be aware of the many sources of emotional, practical and financial support that are available to you. We cover the main things to help lighten the load a little.

Advice for carers

  • Worried about money

    Caring for someone can lead to money worries, especially if your caring role means you have to give up work.
  • Can you get help from social services?

    If you’re finding caring difficult, a little extra help could make a lot of difference.
  • Looking after yourself

    If you’re a full-time carer or spend a lot of time caring for someone, it's important to make time for yourself too.
  • Juggling work and care

    It may help to know about your rights at work and think about what could help you with managing your work and your caring role.
  • When your caring role changes

    If you’re caring for someone and their needs increase, or they move into a care home, or they die, it can be a difficult time.
  • Caring for someone with dementia

    Looking after a friend or relative who has dementia is often very challenging.

Carers' Guide

Age NI, with support from the Department of Health Mental Health Fund and Carers' Support Fund and The Community Foundation, has developed a guide for carers. Learn more about your rights, financial entitlements, accessing support, and looking after yourself.

Money considerations

Age NI Advice Service

Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call us today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.

Call freephone 0808 808 7575
Monday - Friday 9am – 5pm 

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