Caring for someone may be a large part of your life, but it is inevitable at some point, this role will change. This could be because the person you have been supporting recovers, or someone else takes over the care for them. Or it could be they have not been able to stay at home and are in a care or nursing home, or they have died. In all these cases, it is important not to underestimate the impact that this might have on you, practically, emotionally or financially.
How the Carers Centre can help
If a carer is already in contact with the Carers Centre, we will provide support for them as their caring role changes or ends. If the person being cared for has died, the Carers Centre will connect carers to specialist bereavement services such as Ripple, provided by Sheffield MIND.
Sheffield Carers Centre is currently developing a service to provide befriending support for carers who are no longer caring (for instance, due to a bereavement or the person they care for has gone into full time residential care). Updates on this service will be posted here and on our list of services.
Carers UK website provides much useful information to support you at this time, and help you think through options and practicalities. https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/practical-support/when-caring-ends
See also the useful advice for carers whose role is changing, provided by Age UK
Benefits when the person you care for is away from home
It is important to contact the Department of Work and Pensions to let them know once someone moves into hospital or a care home for long term support. The person you care for would usually stop receiving a disability benefit after 4 weeks. Following that you would also no longer be able to receive Carers Allowance, unless you are still providing a lot of care, and the person is paying for their place in the care home.
If you received a carer premium with means-tested benefits, this will continue for an extra eight weeks after your Carer’s Allowance stops. Details about which number to call in order to inform the DWP should be included on any letters you receive from them. For more information please contact the Carers Advice Service on (0114) 272 8362.
What to do when someone dies
The following sites carry useful information about what you need to do when someone dies:
Some people may not know that there is financial support available from the Government:
The Death Notification Service is a free service which allows you to notify a number of banks and building societies (financial institutions) of a person’s death, at the same time. Their aim is to make the process quick and easy for you to inform them at a time that suits you.
Carers UK has information and guidance around bereavement.
Preventing posthumous identity theft is unfortunately something to consider after someone dies. Contacting all banks, insurers or financial services that the deceased person had policies or accounts with helps reduce the risk, as will ensuring organisations that administer identity-related licenses (such as passports and driving licenses) know that the person has died. There is general information about identity theft on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.
For support with grief: http://www.cruse.org.uk/
If you would like to contact us for support with any aspect of your caring role ending, we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Carer Advice Service on (0114) 272 8362.
Revised: 03 January 2018