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Benefits

Benefits to Help with Paying for Long-Term Care

Paying for long-term care is a fact of life for many people, whether you choose to stay in your own home or not.  Fortunately, there are benefits available to help you manage.

It is important to claim everything you can, otherwise you’ll end up paying more than you need to.  Whether you need help to live safely and comfortably in your own home, or you need to move into a care home, you should check what financial support is available.

If you have a social worker, they may give you advice on benefits that you should be claiming, and may be able to help you to fill in the forms.

Understanding what benefits you are entitled to and making a claim can seem complicated, but there are organisations that can help you.

Benefits for Carers

If you’re caring for someone who is ill or disabled, it can have an impact on your financial situation too. The Money Advice Service provides information and advice on the benefits and tax credits that you may be able to claim as a carer.  

Useful links / contacts

National Organisations

  • Money Advice Service gives free impartial information and advice about funding long-term care and support.  It also provides information on the benefits that could be available.
  • GOV.UK website has a useful overview of the various benefits available, who can claim them and how to apply.  You can use the benefits calculator on their website to find out what you may be entitled to.
  • Department of Work and Pensions also provides a free Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 882200.

Local Organisations

  • Citizens Advice Bureau has lots of information on their website and you can also contact their local offices in Carmarthenshire for free, confidential, impartial and independent advice.
  • Pension Wise Service provides free, impartial, confidential guidance to people age 50 and over with a defined contribution pension scheme.
  • Age Cymru Sir Gâr will also help people 50+ to find out what they may be entitled to and will help to complete any application forms for benefits either in our office or your home.
  • Catch Up has an information & advice centre based in Llanelli which specialises in welfare benefits advice for disabled people and carers.
  •  My Nearest: i-Local service gives information on a range of organisations working in Carmarthenshire who can provide advice and support.

Page updated on: 24/05/2016

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