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'Diabetes and me'

Surjeet Soin, aged 65 when interviewed, found out he had diabetes at the age of 50. He started taking medication and took up walking to keep fit. He went to Mount Everest base camp in 2005. Surjeet, an accountant from Luton, was 50 when he found out…

'Planning our meals was key to saving'

Rob Finch thought he was running a pretty tight ship until he did the Eat4Cheap challenge and shaved nearly 20% off the family's weekly shopping bill. Eat4Cheap is more than just a money-saving challenge, it's an attempt to demonstrate that eating healthily is cheaper than…

Help with decision making (Power of Attorney)

Power of Attorney If the person you look after lacks the capacity to make decisions about their care (because of a learning disability, head injury, dementia etc.) the Council will discuss their needs with the person/people legally allowed to make welfare and/or financial decisions for…

Sensory needs services

If the person you care for is deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired or deaf blind contact the Sensory Needs Team. For further information and to find out more about the Sensory Needs Service, click on this sentence.   Page last reviewed:…

Training and resources for carers

Click here to find courses for carers, online apps, advice and information.   Page last reviewed: 29/09/2020

Social care for the person you look after

Reading Borough Council and Brighter Futures for Children provide community based social care services for families with a disabled child and adults who are dependent on others for care and/or support because they are older, have a physical or learning disability, have a visual and/or…

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…

Housing options for people with a learning disability

Help at home If the person you care for needs support with personal care or carrying out daily tasks they may be eligible for some support from social care services to help them continue living at home or to move to independent living. Supported living…

NHS Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS)

If you are referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by a doctor, dentist or another primary care health professional, you may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme…