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Looking after someone - information and support for carers

Looking after someone is our guide for anyone caring for family or friends. The guide outlines your rights as a carer and gives an overview of the practical and financial support available. 

We produce a version of the guide for each nation:



looking after someone 2022-23 The Carers UK Looking after someone guide is divided into the following sections: getting help and support, your finances and your work.


The guide includes:

  • A Carer’s Guide: an illustrated introduction to the challenges of caring, from making difficult decisions to looking after your health and wellbeing.
  • Benefits: an overview of which benefits you or the person you care for may be entitled to and information about how to get a benefits check.
  • Other financial help: including help with council tax, fuel costs, pensions and health costs.
  • Practical help: including community care assessment, carer's assessment and direct payments.
  • Technology: information about health and care technology that could make life easier for you and the person you care for.
  • Your workplace: your rights at work, from flexible working and parental leave to protection from discrimination.
  • Other help: how to find other help nationally and in your local community.

Get the guide

Digital copy

Download Carers UK Looking after someone for free at the bottom of this page.

Printed copy

Carers can get order copies of the Carers UK Looking after someone guide in the Carers UK online shop.


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