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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:

ENGLAND  Wales  Scotland  Northern Ireland

Thanks to our partnership with BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha UK, we have been able to translate the 2019 England Looking after someone guide into Gujarati for the first time.

Download the Gujarati guide in PDF format here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a printed copy.



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

looking after someone 2019The guide includes:

  • This edition 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 can 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 a free printed copy of the Carers UK Looking after someone guide in the Carers UK online shop:


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