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Benefits, care costs and social care and support

Your Parents might be receiving a Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payment to help with any additional costs of caring for you.

When you reach 16 years old, your care will need to be reassessed to see if you will qualify for a different payment called a Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will contact you before your 16th birthday to explain how to claim for a PIP.

More details are available here: www.contact.org.uk/media/1163273/pip_guide.pdf

Or you can ask for advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

Health care costs

When you are 18 years old, if you are not in full time education or get benefits, you will have to pay for some health care.

This includes eye checks, dental and prescription medicines.

Please go to the following link for more information: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/check-if-youre-eligible-help/aged-19-and-under

Social care and support

The local City and County council offer services to help you if you need practical, daily support because of illness or disability.

You might be able to get help if you care for someone receiving social care and support.

Social care and support are usually paid for by people who need services and their families or by the local council's social services department.

Types of social care and support include:

  • help at home from a paid carer
  • meals at home
  • having your home adapted (i.e. accessibility)
  • equipment and household gadgets to help you be independent.
  • personal alarms and home security systems so you can call for help (for instance, if you have a fall)
  • different types of housing, such as sheltered housing and care homes

For more information:

Social prescribing

A person's health can be affected by lots of things that are not caused by a physical health problem for example money problems or feeling worried. Sometimes people can get help other than medications and treatment through the GP surgery, this is called social prescribing.

Social prescribing is about what will work for that person, and it maybe you are given advice or signposted to other services that can help.

Ask at your GP Surgery for more information.

 

 

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