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Advice for Carers

If you are looking after someone, such as your husband, wife, partner, parent or another relative, you are a carer. You may not think of yourself as a carer but just think you are helping your family.

Caring for someone can be rewarding, but it can also be exhausting and frustrating and many carers do not receive the help they are entitled to.

In Scotland, the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 defines a carer as someone who “provides or intends to provide care for another individual’ and the law gives you the right to support from your local council in your caring role and also support to help you improve and maintain your health and wellbeing.

As a carer you may also be entitled to Carer’s Allowance if you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a disabled person who receives one of the qualifying disability benefits such as Attendance Allowance. See our guides below or for more information call the Age Scotland helpline on 0800 12 44 222.

Carers Allowance

Attendance Allowance

Age Scotland produces information specifically for people Caring for someone with Dementia and also Mental health – a guide for carers.

For expert information about rights and support for carers.

The Coalition of Carers in Scotland – for detailed information about your rights under the Carers (Scotland) Act

Carers Trust – a charity working with a local network of carers’ centres 

Carers UK – provides advice and information to carers, as well as support through local carers’ groups and their telephone listening service 

Care Information Scotland – a Scottish Government information if you look after someone, need care yourself or are planning for your future care needs. 

The Age Scotland Helpline

Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an advisor. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

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