Even if you own your own home, like we do
you can have an extention/ wet room added often for free.
contact your council or ocupational therapist and ask about
the disabled facilities grant
we had a 30k extension for our son, paid by the local council, all we have to promise is to stay for 5 years. and not ask the authority to build another if we do move, unless we change county.
carers centres are running caring with confidence 6 week courses it covers all sorts of good advice including how to get what you want from services
carers centres running this scheme also offer a sitter for the one day a week you attend.
great fun, informative and good way to make freinds
check out the city and guilds web caring confidence also search life long learning grants too!!
if you are a parent carer this may apply.
when a young person reaches 20 their courses at college usually must be paid for
if the young person had a statement whilst under 16 the local authority is abliged to fund courses until 25!
i think a message board would be good for little know facts for carers or a q&a section.
Good tips for people looking for more support.
We will definitely look at adding in a section for links to extra support like these.
Thank you Kathryn for your helpful responses, especially about the Disabled Facilities grant. I care for my wife and wonder if anyone can say whether such a grant is means tested? John
it is partly, if you contact the environmental psrt of the council and ask about disabled facilities grant or house proud scheme officer..
some people are asked to contribute half.
but others like ourselves got it free.
different councils have different rules but the uk gov website direct.gov will help you see the national policy.
what about a care for carers section, where we talk about us as individuals with no or minimal referance to the persons we care for, a place to retain some individuality a place to be our old selves....? does that sound practical?
I think this website is very good idea, very supportive and informative
Hello Everyone, Joined the website today care for two people. I found you through the Carers Uk magazine the Energy to care got my attention in the magazine. ( the magazine is actually addressed to my husband so I never looked at it before) You have some very interesting bits in your website I enjoyed the information on nutrition, and have download energy food.
Passing the word.... through Facebook is good ( i useFB as stress release as I cannot always leave the house also early hours if I am awake during the night. )
How to spread the word more .... Join forces with other areas and their care offices
Keep up the good work Mo
Thanks for the support Christine and Mo, glad you like the site.
Mo - We are looking at ways in which we can promote the site more to reach other carers, so good advice, thanks!
Good afternoon, Sam.
I think the website is great, providing lots of useful information and a safe place for carers to have a discussion with other carers. It's well designed, graphically, being easy on the eye ie. not too busy. One thing I find confusing, though. How does a visitor access the Blog page from the Home page? I can't seem to find the Blog page from any of the headings at the top.
Glad you like the site. Thanks for the feedback.
Currently any blogs you write will appear on your profile page. I will look into ways of making your blogs more visible on the site.