Benefits for being a carer

does anyone know what benefits u can claim if u give up working to be a carer?my dad has lived with me for 30 years hes now 93 and i have looked after him,but due to my health problems i am now finding this difficult and me and my husband have talked about him stopping working to care for him but we cant get the right answers to how much worse off we will be
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  • Pollycat
    Pollycat Posts: 34,634 Forumite
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    What benefits does your Dad get?

    He has to be in receipt of certain benefits for someone to apply for CA for him:

    https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/eligibility

    And you must care for him for at least 35 hours per week.

    Where have you asked about the benefits you may be entitled to?

    Maybe try CAB or Age UK.
  • mo1_2
    mo1_2 Posts: 350 Forumite
    my dad get a.a. and tax credit hes on oxgygen 24 hours a day and relies on me for everything he can get about now not even in the house,so i have to wash him change him and everthing really he hqas bad empersema (sorry bout spelling) i rang a benefit enquiry line but found them not very helpful
  • Pollycat
    Pollycat Posts: 34,634 Forumite
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    If your Dad is getting the appropriate benefits to allow someone to claim Carer's allowance for him, then details of how you can claim here:

    https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/how-to-claim

    Re your question 'how much worse off you'll be if your OH stops work to care for your Dad', that will be the amount of his wages less the amount he'll receive in CA.

    However, with a reduced household income you may be entitled to more benefits.

    I advise you to get a face-to-face appointment with either CAB or Age UK.
  • Mojisola
    Mojisola Posts: 35,556 Forumite
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    When did he last have an assessment by social workers and occupational therapists? Have you had a carer's assessment?

    Contact social services and tell them that your health is deteriorating because of the care you are giving your Dad and that you need help.

    If it's going to take time before they can get to you, use some of his AA to employ carers to give you a break. He's given that money because he needs care so use it.

    Your husband would probably be better off keeping his job if he can.

    Are you claiming Carer's Allowance?

    It would be worth asking someone to come and do a full benefit check. Was your Dad ever in the military? If so, contact SSAFA - https://www.ssafa.org.uk/ - or the British Legion - https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/
    If not, try AgeUK.
  • mo1_2
    mo1_2 Posts: 350 Forumite
    yes he served in france and germany in 1940 till 1945,i dont get carerss allowance because im on incapacity benefit (i know its changed its name) i had an assesment from social services and found them less than useless they came up with a care plan than was for one an a quarter hours a day,seeing as i do everything for him i dont know how that works
  • Mojisola
    Mojisola Posts: 35,556 Forumite
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    mo1 wrote: »
    yes he served in france and germany in 1940 till 1945,i dont get carerss allowance because im on incapacity benefit (i know its changed its name) i had an assesment from social services and found them less than useless they came up with a care plan than was for one an a quarter hours a day,seeing as i do everything for him i dont know how that works

    Contact SSAFA. They were brilliant when my parents needed help.

    Is he using his AA to pay for help? If he doesn't want personal care from anyone else, use it to pay for a cleaner, someone to do the washing and ironing, gardening, anything that makes your life easier!

    You have to fight his corner with SS. They always have an eye on the budget and will always offer the absolute minimum, especially if there are family willing to do the rest.
  • John_Pierpoint
    John_Pierpoint Posts: 8,391 Forumite
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    edited 14 January 2013 at 5:49AM
    mo1 wrote: »
    yes he served in france and germany in 1940 till 1945,i dont get carerss allowance because im on incapacity benefit (i know its changed its name) i had an assesment from social services and found them less than useless they came up with a care plan than was for one an a quarter hours a day,seeing as i do everything for him i dont know how that works

    These people gave my late uncle an extra pension in similar circumstances. It is another attendance allowance type form to struggle through and then they send a doctor to take a look.
    http://www.veterans-uk.info/pensionscompensation.htm

    What is the nature of your father's disability - can some of it be laid at the door of his military service.
    [Don't quote me on this but I think I am right in saying that soldiers rations included a free issue of addictive cancer sticks?]

    As well as getting top rate Attendance Allowance, how "self funding" would dad be should he be forced into a care home ?
    ie If everything he owned was sold (and any debts he has paid off) how much money would he have?
    My late mother, after being struck down by a stroke, really needed 24 hour care as in some ways she was left with the mental capabilities of
    a 3 year old. I managed to keep her at home by buying in care workers and getting the maximum use of social services support (meals on wheels, day centre etc,) BUT the powers that be would rather have had her tucked up safe in a care home. [No chance of nasty recriminations if there was some accident in her own home - and when the local authority/NHS knows that they will not be picking up the tab, they can be more insistent about hiving off their responsibility.]
  • margaretclare
    margaretclare Posts: 10,789 Forumite
    What is the nature of your father's disability - can some of it be laid at the door of his military service.
    [Don't quote me on this but I think I am right in saying that soldiers rations included a free issue of addictive cancer sticks?]

    Had to smile wryly at this. Old film of soldiers arriving from the Dunkirk beaches - met on disembarkation by Red Cross nurses. And what did they get? 'Char, a wad and a fag'. Translation: A mug of tea, a sandwich and a cigarette. Usually the cheapest kind of the latter, which were Wills Woodbines. Called by the old sweats 'coffin nails'. Truer than they knew.

    It's quite likely that this is where the emphysema comes from. Please don't tell me that he still uses these things and also uses oxygen 24/7? Very, very risky if so. Although I have seen that, way back when I was a district nurse. Hair-raising.
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  • mo1_2
    mo1_2 Posts: 350 Forumite
    my dad dosent smoke anymore,they were part of his ration in the army he says,he has no assets he has lived with me for 30 years,dont forget he hasnt worked for nearly 30 years as he is 93 so what money he had (was never a lot) he has spent over the years,i dont want him to go into a care home it would break my heart,i just wanted some support but i dont think its gonna happen
  • Savvy_Sue
    Savvy_Sue Posts: 46,012 Forumite
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    mo1 wrote: »
    he has no assets he has lived with me for 30 years,dont forget he hasnt worked for nearly 30 years as he is 93 so what money he had (was never a lot) he has spent over the years,i dont want him to go into a care home it would break my heart,i just wanted some support but i dont think its gonna happen
    How old is your husband? It's just that if he gives up work now, you need to think about whether he'd ever get another job, and how much that matters, as well as your financial situation / the benefits you're entitled to.
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