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Practical advice and information for carers.

Making decisions

You may care for someone who is unable to make decisions. This could be because of a brain injury or stroke, dementia, learning disability, mental health problems, alcohol or drug misuse, the side effects of medical treatment or any other illness or disability.

The person you care for may lack ability to make decisions about money, health and other matters. You may need to help them to make those decisions or you may have to take action or make decisions on their behalf.

We have information on mental capacity which explains available options.

The government website has advice on making a will (opens in a new window).


There are a number of welfare benefits that can help you and the person you care for including;

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Carers Premium/Pension Credit and Pension Guarantee

Council tax discounts


An independent advocate helps you to;

  • express your views and concerns
  • access information and services
  • explore choices and options
  • defend and promote your rights and responsibilities

Advocacy support services can be found in our service provider directory.


Page last updated: 24/01/2018 11:42
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