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Disability Benefits

The person you care for may be eligible for disability benefits to help towards the cost of their care and support. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) PIP helps people aged 16 to State Pension age with some of the extra costs caused by long-term illhealth or a disability.…

Do you need help at home or to get out and about?

You can hire a "personal assistant" to act as a homecare worker for you. Personal assistants can offer you all that you’ll get from an agency worker, but you’ll also get the continuity, familiarity and ongoing relationship with your assistant. However, if you employ a…

Flu Campaign 2020

Protect yourself and your family from flu this winter. Flu is a highly contagious and unpredictable virus that can be unpleasant for generally healthy people, but can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including the very young, older people, pregnant women and…

Getting informed, getting prepared - finding care and support for older people

An online resource to help older people and their carers to find out what they need to get help and support. The site offers the information in accessible formats: - Text only - Large print - Audio - Leaflet (PDF)

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting an estimated 850,000 people in the UK. Dementia is a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions, including memory. The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to…

'NHS Health Check helped my dad'

Dr Dawn Harper: "My dad's future is very different now." Known to millions as TV medical presenter "Dr Dawn" on Channel 4, Dr Dawn Harper says she has a very personal reason for wanting people to get an NHS Health Check. Dr Dawn, who is also a GP…

Adult Care & Support Services - information page

Are you are finding it more difficult to take care of yourself or keep in touch with others because you are getting older or you have a disability or ongoing health condition? If so, Adult Social Care Services may be able to help. We offer a…

New Carers Credit Card

Article from Katie Morley, Consumer Affairs Editor, The Telegraph, 12 June 2017 Carers looking after elderly friends or relatives will soon be able to use "carers cards" to buy groceries and pay bills without being accused of fraud.  For the first time they will be provided…

Dignity in Care Charter

For further information on Dignity in Care and the Reading Dignity in Care Charter, click on this sentence.

Adjusting to disability

We often talk about disability as if it's a lifelong condition. In fact, more than 80% of people with a disability were born without it and find they have to adjust. If you become disabled through accident, illness or a deteriorating medical condition, life will change significantly. But…