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Hospital stays - information for carers

If you go into hospital

If you're a carer and will be going into hospital you may not be able to provide your usual care. We may be able to help arrange respite care for the person you care for.

If you're getting services from your council as a carer, you should contact us. If you are not receiving services from your council, contact us and we may be able to help.

If you later find out your hospital stay has been postponed after telling us about it, contact us.

As a carer it's important to have a back-up plan in place to help the person you care for in an emergency.

Respite care may be able to help you if you need time to attend hospial appointments.

If the person you care for goes into hospital

Let hospital staff know as soon as possible that you are a carer. This is so they can include you when the person you care for is assessed.

When the person you care for is discharged from hospital, the hospital should include you and your needs when assessing them (if they agree to this).

Carers UK has more information about coming out of hospital.

Welfare benefits

If you get Carer's Allowance and go into hospital, it will stop when you have been in hospital for 12 weeks.

If the person you care for goes into hospital, your Carer's Allowance will stop when their Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment stops (usually after 28 days).

If this happens, you will need to tell the benefits office. You can contact the benefits office online or telephone 0345 608 4321.

Work

Carers UK has information and advice about work, including getting time off in an emergency, flexible working and your rights at work.

Dementia

Alzheimer's Society has information on hospital stays if the person you care for has dementia.

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