Find what you need
There are a range of tools that can help with caring - to help with everything from arranging a benefits check to understanding what equipment could offer support. We have brought together some useful interactive tools to help you piece information and guidance together in a helpful way.
New to caring? This is a good place to start...
This interactive tool is a great starting point if you are new to caring. Just answer the questions to receive introductory information tailored to your caring situation, including practical and financial support links to help you manage the impact of caring on your health and relationships.
Creating a contingency plan
We advise all carers to create an emergency plan – for you and all those you look after. Having a plan in place can help ease your worries if you are not able to care for those you look after at any point in the future. We can guide you through the process of creating one through our interactive online tool.
Developed by Carers UK, Jointly is an innovative mobile and online app that is designed by carers for carers.
Jointly makes caring easier, less stressful and more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message.
Turn2us Benefits calculator
This Benefits Calculator is supplied by Turn2us, a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services. The help text, updated by Turn2us, will guide you through each stage of the calculation.
AskSARA – finding equipment
There are so many ‘independent-living’ products and aids available these days that it’s hard to know which ones would be most suitable. The AskSARA tool enables you to search for the type of aids and equipment that would be helpful, providing more independence to those you care for and also saving you valuable time. You will need to select the version most relevant to your needs.
Seeking guidance or support from other carers who have been there?
Our online Carers UK Forum is a great way to hear what other carers think of different ideas or to seek solutions to problems. It also offers the chance for you to 'offload' and get emotional support if your circumstances are becoming particularly tough.