Carers of CKD patients
If you spend a lot of time looking after someone with an illness or disability, you may be entitled to a benefit called Carers Allowance.
Who can claim Carers Allowance?
If you spend at least 35hours a week caring for someone with an illness or disability, you may be entitled to carers allowance. This is currently paid at £69.70 Per week (2022/23).
- You don’t earn more than £132 per week (after deductions inc tax, NI)
- The person you care for receives a disability benefit
- You’re aged 16 and over
- You’re not in full time education
- You meet UK residence conditions
Who can claim Carers Allowance?
You can apply online by clicking the link below
Carer’s Allowance: Make a claim – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Or you can apply via post using a D700 form. Available to print here:
Carer’s Allowance claim form – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Carers Wellbeing Vouchers
Kidney Wales has been successful in obtaining £26,675.00 funding to delivera project to provide personalised wellbeing vouchers to unpaid carers of children living with kidney disease up to the value of £150 per household.
Applications Open Now!
Examples of vouchers that could be requested include restaurant vouchers, over night stays, spa days and cinema vouchers. We hope that these vouchers will enable respite, improve physical and mental wellbeing and help build resilience to sustain the caring responsibility.
There funding allows for 120 vouchers to be provided, which will be available until the limit is reached / or until the end of March 2024. No cash will be given, gift cards / vouchers for chosen activities will be provided.
Funded by Welsh Government, Amser, Welsh for ‘time’, is part of the Short Breaks Scheme for unpaid carers and aims to enable 30,000 carers to take a break from caring by 2025.
Applications for the personalised wellbeing voucher must be living in Wales and will only be accepted via the healthcare team at your dependants children’s unit (Cardiff / Liverpool).
For more information on the project, contact the Kidney Wales team on [email protected] or call us on 02920 343940
If you are a carer of someone with kidney disease help and support is available to you. Kidney Wales can refer you to local Carer Support and groups to help you get the best advice possible.
Below you will find helpful links and organisations that can offer advice local to you.
If you would like more information on any of the organisations below contact us.
The carers trust can help provide information about money and benefits for carers, carer breaks and grants available and help for young carers, getting out and about and local support groups.
Carers Wales can provide a wealth of information to support you such as:
- Financial help
- Practical support – carers assessments and your rights as a carer
- Health & Wellbeing support
- Work advice
You can find all this information and more via the carers Wales website.
Vistit: Wales | Carers Wales (carersuk.org)
Don’t forget to take a look at our patient support pack that details all the support that Kidney Wales can help you with, or you can take a look at our Money advice page for specific cost of living advice along with our online Let’s Talk series.