You may also be able to get support to take a holiday.
Find local support
Contact your local carer service to see how they can help. Many carers' centres run trips for carers, with or without the person you care for.
Other local organisations may be able to help with trips our and community transport.
The CEA card entitles you to one free ticket if you are accompanying the person you care for so that they can visit the cinema. The person you care for will need to buy a card (£6 each year) and buy a full price ticket. The person you care for will be able to apply for a CEA card if they get:
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA),
- Attendance Allowance (AA),
- Blind Persons Registration, or
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Do you care for a parent?
If you regularly help your parent to get places this might place a strain on your relationship with them. Do they find it hard to accept your help, and worry about being a burden to you? Or perhaps they expect too much from you and you're finding it hard to cope.
Caring for a parent can also affect how you get on with your partner or your siblings. Perhaps you end up accompanying your parent to all their hospital appointments as you live closest. Do you get frustrated that your siblings don't help out as much as you think they should?
Our relationships guide covers a lot more than just how to get on better with your partner. Have a look at the section about caring for a parent – it is has lots of evidence based support to help you cope.
Getting a break
Being a carer can be hard work and you might need to take a break sometimes. Find out about getting a break and respite.
Next update due: June 2017