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Carers come from all backgrounds and can be any age. Caring can be rewarding, but it can be difficult too. Here are ten important things that any carer should know to help with their caring role and make sure they get the support they are entitled to.
Healthcare is the treatment and prevention of illness. Health care is delivered by professionals in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and allied health services.
If there is a problem with either a persons physical or mental health this can affect their day to day lives and may mean that they are entitled to benefits as a result and further medical support.
If you have a serious mental health problem, you may be protected against discrimination under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). People newly diagnosed with HIV or cancer will be protected from discrimination under proposed disability legislation.
Most of the treatment available under the National Health Service (NHS) is free, but there are some things for which some older people may have to pay part, all or part of the cost of, such as dental care and glasses. If you are on Income Support, Pension Credit or have Certificate HC2 or HC3, which means you can apply for a low income entitlement, most of these services will be free or subsidised. If you are on Pension Credit you will automatically qualify for help with the cost of travelling to and from hospital for NHS treatment. You may also get help towards these costs if you have a certificate HC2 or HC3 on grounds of low income. For further information contact the Benefits Agency or Age Concern Croydon.