Benefits of Stairlifts for Carers

Benefits of Stairlifts for Carers

It isn’t just disabled people who can be challenged and affected by a disability, but it can also affect the people who care for them. The term ‘carer’ applies to any person or persons who care for others, disabled or not, on an unpaid basis as opposed to home nurses and care workers who do this on a paid basis. There are 6.5 million carers in the UK and if you are one of these, you may be entitled to receive support such as help with caring, home adaptations and equipment, they can even offer short breaks from caring to you.  Alphastairlifts provide impartial advice in Stairlift Newcastle, Stairlift Sunderland, Stairlift Durham, Stairlift Middlesborough.

A carers allowance is a grant for people who regularly spend 35 hours a week caring for someone with a disability who is in receipt of a Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Constant Allowance. The conditions for this is that the carer must not be in full time education or earning above a certain amount.

To qualify for receipt of a Carer’s allowance, you must be age 16 or older, look after someone for at least 35 hours per week, the person being looked after must receive a qualifying disability benefit, you must not earn over £102 per week, a resident of the UK when you claim the allowance and you must not be a full time student. This is defined as supervised studying for 21 hours or more per week. The allowance itself is paid at a standard rate, currently set at £61.35 per week and extra benefits can be available dependent on living situations.

There is a lot of practical advice as well as financial, legal and rights information for carers available by visiting the NHS website or by calling the Carers Direct helpline on 0300 123 1053. For more information about Carer’s Allowance or to make an application, please don’t hesitate to visit the Carer’s Trust website.

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