The Alzheimer's Society
The Alzheimer's Society is the leading UK care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. Visit their website at alzheimers.org.uk.
Carers UK is an organisation of carers fighting to make people recognise the true value of carers' contribution to society and to ensure carers get the practical, financial and emotional support they need.
You can find out more about them at carersuk.org. A special carers' (0808 808 7777) line is open on Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
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Independent Age offers a free advice service focusing on social care and welfare benefits, and particularly on complex issues such as social care funding.
They also have guides and factsheets providing information on the most common issues faced by older people, their families and carers; their 'Wise Guides' provide practical, accessible advice and information for the over-65s on finances, staying independent and getting the most out of later life.
Plus, they offer befriending and practical support services to provide crucial companionship, comfort and security for as long as it's needed - if necessary, for life. Visit the Independent Age website here.
Crossroads Care and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers merged in 2012 to form carers charity, Carers Trust.
The charity's stated vision is to combine the knowledge, skills, expertise and experience of its founder charities and all of the independent Network Partners; Crossroads Care schemes and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers local carers’ centres.
Their website www.carers.org explains: "Carers' needs, choices and voices will remain at the heart of everything we do, as we strive to ensure that the enormous contribution they make to those they care for and to society is fully recognised, appreciated and valued."
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Contact The Elderly
Contact The Elderly is a nationwide organisation which runs monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties all over the country for people aged 75 and over, who live alone with little or no support from friends, family or statutory services.
The afternoons are full of fun and laughter and make a real difference to the lives of older people. Visit their website at www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk to learn more...
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Saga Respite for Carers Trust
The aim of Saga Respite for Carers Trust is to give carers a break, by providing hundreds of free holidays a year for carers and their companions.
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