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Web Link: Age Scotland (advice for carers)

This link will take you to the Age Scotland website.They provide a fantastic range of information and advice on many different issues such as housing, legal issues, saving money on your energy bills, eating well and common health conditions. Much of this is available in free leaflets that you can download or print off. Part of their services include an Information and Advice team. Their staff and volunteers specialise in answering enquiries from older people, their carers and...

Web Link: Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 or over who need help with personal care (washing,dressing or eating, for example).Some patients need this type of help in the first few weeks and months after they get home.This link will take you to the NHS Choices web page, which will tell you more about what this allowance is, who is eligible and how to claim it.

Article: Carer support (hospital discharge services)

This service is available to carers of people admitted to an NHS Lothian hospital.Carer support workers in hospital can help you to get involved in planning support for the person you care about, for when they leave hospital (discharge planning). You can use this service if you or the person you care for is aged 18 years or over.They can help you: work with staff to decide what support will be arranged for the person you care about when they leave hospital decide what support you...

Web Link: Carers Allowance factsheet

This link will take you to the Carers UK website.There is a really useful, recently updated factsheet about carers' allowance that you can read or print off.

Web Link: Carers' Assessment (NHS Choices)

When someone ends up Intensive Care, close family and friends are also affected. They play a very important part in the patients' recovery after they go home.Given the importance of their involvement, the government has ensured that they have certain rights that, by law, must be met. Close family or close friends are often called "carers" by health and social care services, and most have a legal right to an assessment of their own needs. That includes things like...

Web Link: Community Care Assessment

If you or the person you're looking after has difficulty with personal care (washing and dressing, for example), you could consider getting support from social services by having a community care assessment of your needs.The assessment looks at what type of services are needed. This might include a range of things, from from aids and home adaptations to visits from care workers or residential care.

Web Link: Edinburgh Crisis Centre

This link will take you to the Edinburgh Crisis Centre. They provide support to those caring for people with mental health issues in Lothian.They offer a freephone helpline, face to face support and the opportunity to stay at their Centre for up to 7 nights. Their freephone number is 0808 801 0414 You can also text them on 0797 442 9075

Article: Money issues

What if I can't pay the bills? It can be stressful enough, worrying about a family member in Intensive Care, without the added stress of worrying about money and how you're going to pay the bills. This is especially true if your loved usually dealt with money issues, if either of you are self employed or you need to take a lot of time off work in order to visit him or her or to look after children. Can I get access to his or her bank account? You may need access to...

Web Link: NHS Choices (carer support)

This link will take you to the website of NHS Choices. This page offers a wealth of information and advice on the types of help you might be able to get after you get home, and how to access it.

Web Link: Support services for carers

This link will take you to the website of Carers' Trust (Scotland). They offer online information and advice on a whole range of issues, including respite care and looking after yourself. They have a "help directory" of local support and a lively forum and chat room where you can talk online to other carers.