Although caring can be very rewarding it can also impact on your finances. Carers may give up, or reduce, paid work due to the demands of caring. Illness and disability in a household also often means that incomes reduce, but outgoings do not.
Involve Carers can offer information, advice and guidance on Welfare Benefits. We are knowledgeable about non-means tested Disability and Carer Benefits, and work very closely with other welfare advice partners who have specialist expertise on wider Welfare Benefits and issues such as debt. One such partner being Maidstone Citizens Advice Bureau.
If we are unable to directly assist you we will signpost or refer you to someone who can.
Have Peace of Mind – The Kent Carers Emergency Card
One of the main concerns that carers tell us they have, is around what would happen if they were taken suddenly ill or involved in an accident.
The Kent Carers Emergency Card provides peace of mind for carers. The card enables immediate access to pre-arranged care. You will be issued with a credit sized card that has a unique reference number and emergency phone number on it which identifies that you care for someone. In an emergency situation a call to this number gives immediate access to the information registered and your pre-arranged emergency plan is put into action. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Contact Involve Carers for a registration form, we can also assist you in completing this form if you wish, and we will then issue you your card.
Involve Carers can also provide information and signposting on the following:
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)
An LPA allows you to plan in advance so that you will be able to act on behalf of the person you care for, if in the future they are unable to do so for themselves. There are two types of LPA, one for Property and Affairs relating to decisions about finance, and one for Personal Welfare relating to decisions about health treatment and care.
Advanced Care Planning
This process allows you and the person you care for to think about the possible consequences of becoming seriously ill or disabled in the future. It enables you to think about and discuss preferences and wishes for future care and treatment, including end of life care.
Wills and Trusts
Writing a Will and setting up a Trust can help ensure that a family member or friend with a disability will get the financial support and protection they need after your death. This can give you peace of mind for the future, especially if the person you care for is unable to look after their own finances.
The person you care for may wish to consider your financial future should they die. It is a good idea to seek professional advice on these matters. You may also want to talk to other members of your family and keep them informed about your decisions.