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Alarms and sensors to help you live at home

If you are older or have an illness or disability you may benefit from a community alarm service which allows you to call for help from anywhere in your home, at any time. Further information on alarms, sensors and assistive technology here Link last updated:…

End of life care

End of life care should help the person you care for live as well as possible until the last years / months of their life, and to die with dignity. The people providing care should ask them about their wishes and preferences, and take these…

Housing grants and loans

The Council offers a variety of grants for people on low incomes to help ensure homes in Reading meet the decent homes standard. For details of all grants and loans visit www.reading.gov.uk/homeimprovementgrants or call the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team on 0118 937 2562. Home…

Getting a break from caring

Regular breaks from caring can benefit both you and the person you care for. The right kind of break, at the right time, can help people who are ill, frail or disabled to carry on living with friends or family in their own communities. The person you care for may…

I look after someone (unpaid carer)

"Caring" covers a wide range of situations: You are a carer if you look after a partner, family member or friend who is dependent on you for care and/or support because they are older and frail, disabled, have a long term illness or they need…

Carers grants, discounts and offers

TuVIDA Carers Hub provides a range of grants to support carers who look after an adult or disabled child. Click here for further information about carers grants, discounts and offers. Page last reviewed: 29/09/2020

Advocacy for vulnerable adults

Independent Advocacy If someone has substantial difficulty in taking part in an assessment, and has no one suitable to support them, social services can find them an independent advocate. An advocate is someone who can support the person to understand the process, make choices and…

Deputy's Office (Reading Borough Council)

The Deputy's Office manages the finances of social care clients who are unable to do so themselves. Clients, who are already getting services from Adult Social Care Services, are referred to the Deputy's Office when they are deemed to have lost the mental capacity to…

Carer's Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible. The carer does not have to be related to, or live with, the person they care for.  https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance A carer can claim…

Independent Living

Independent Living  Leaving Home Are you ready to leave home? As you leave school and become an adult you might start thinking about leaving home. It is important to think about how independent you are before you leave home. You will need to think about…